Tilbury
13 November 2017
Reporter: Jenna Lomax

Fake remembrance merchandise seized by UK Border Force


Fake poppy branded jewellery, worth around £150,000, was seized ahead of Remembrance Sunday by the UK Border Force.

The jewellery was branded with the words ‘Lest we Forget’ and infringed the Royal British Legion’s ‘two-petal poppy’ copyright.

The Border Force seized the items, which were part of an air freight consignment from China destined for Manchester, at Tilbury Docks on 8 November.

As well as the jewellery, the shipment contained other poppy branded goods including scarves, badges and keyrings.

Officers also discovered 600 four petal brooches which infringed the ‘four-petal’ copyright held by the Earl Haig Fund Scotland (Poppyscotland).

Mark Kennedy, Border Force acting deputy director, said: “Had these fake goods entered the market, they could have cheated thousands of pounds from unsuspecting members of the public and diverted vital funds away from the Royal British Legion. All counterfeits cheat honest traders and we are determined to crack down on this type of criminality.”

A spokesperson for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland commented: “The two-petal poppy is a registered trademark owned by The Royal British Legion and the four-petal poppy is a registered trademark owned by Poppyscotland.”

“We have a responsibility to make sure that these trademarks are protected so that the public can be sure that their donations are going directly to a registered charity.”

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