Over 2,000 fake Halloween children's costumes seized by Trading Standards in Lincolnshire
A huge haul of more than 2,000 fake children's Halloween costumes has been seized from a suspect's home in Lincolnshire by Trading Standards officers.
The culprit was selling the dodgy kids' outfits online to unsuspecting customers all over the UK, the county council said this afternoon (Monday).
Trading Standards officers swooped on their target's house last Wednesday (October 29).
They seized more than 2,200 items which will now be sent off to experts for testing.
"However, they are not expected to meet the relevant safety standards," said a council spokesman.
"With the number of people starting their own small businesses on the rise, it is important to consider that it is not as simple as finding cheap products to import and sell at a healthy profit."
Senior Trading Standards Officer Chad Saratoon said: "In the run up to Halloween we see a lot of novelty items placed on the market in Lincolnshire.
"We consider matters of product safety very seriously and we work with manufacturers to detect counterfeit items on the market.
"Importers and distributors have obligations to check and ensure that the products they place on the market are safe and meet the required safety standards."
He added: "Businesses also need to take steps to ensure that what they sell is a genuine product.
"We would urge consumers to take action if they see an item that they suspect is unsafe or fake by reporting it to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06."
Mr Saratoon also urged people to take "precautions when purchasing these types of products".
He said they should also use much safer LED lights instead of candles and tea lights around children when they are wearing fancy dress costumes.