Fake PlayStation controllers and AirPods seized in raid by Liverpool Council

Counterfeit PlayStation controllers, Apple AirPods, and illegal vapes worth almost £10,000 have been seized in raids by Liverpool Council and Merseyside Police.

As part of an intelligence-led enforcement operation, officials from the city council and police visited half a dozen shops across the city. As a result, seizures were made from four locations worth more than £9,000 including fake tech and illicit cigarettes.

Among the haul were a large quantity of fake earphones and game console devices.

The seizures were the latest in ongoing action by the city council and police to crack down on illegal sales. Last week, knives, a hammer, and a crossbow bolt were recovered as part of a crackdown on organised crime in north Liverpool.

Liverpool Council’s alcohol and tobacco unit, supported by Merseyside Police, visited six shops in the city centre with 683 illicit vapes being seized. More than 100 non-duty paid cigarettes were also taken away from four sites.

A “large quantity” of counterfeit Apple, Samsung, and Sony products were also found. At one mobile store, fake PlayStation controllers were taken away alongside imitation Apple AirPods and Samsung earphones.

Mobile phone covers and cases were also removed.

To date, illegal vapes totalling more than £200,000 have been accounted for this year. Last month, more than 3,500 illicit devices were recovered from a location on London Road by its public protection team, totalling £40,000.

As part of the operation in L9 last week, the licensing team’s alcohol and tobacco unit visited seven shops in the area and seized 243 illicit vapes worth a value of £2,916. In a joint day of action by Liverpool Council and its community teams alongside Merseyside Police, a series of dangerous weapons were recovered from a park near Willowdale Road, Walton.

The work coincided with the force’s targeted Operation Sceptre to stamp out knife crime.

The city’s licensing teams were also able to recover almost £3,000 worth of illegal vapes from a series of shops within the L9 community. The neighbourhood policing team conducted a search of a nearby park and Rice Lane Recreational Ground where the four weapons were recovered.

The local authority also issued a warning to those who do not comply with fly-tipping regulations. On social media, the city council posted footage of a van being crushed after not being in possession of the correct licences as part of its Operation Clean Sweep efforts with the Environment Agency, DVLA and police.

Image: Items seized in the raid by Liverpool Council and police. Credit: LCC

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