London
20 July 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

PIPCU puts the brakes on car counterfeits


The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has seized more than 200 Audi and Volkswagen car parts worth tens of thousands of pounds.

PIPCU has worked alongside Audi and Volkswagen since October 2016 in the investigation, resulting in two individuals being interviewed under caution.

Detective Inspector Nicholas Court of PIPCU said: “This operation is an excellent example of PIPCU working collaboratively with the motor industry to tackle the sale of counterfeit goods.”

“Not only could these parts pose a potential safety risk to those who have them fitted to their cars, they also undermine the legitimacy of the motor industry.”

He added: “We strive to identify and disrupt those who are intent on making money out of counterfeit goods, working closely with our partners to identify and take action against those who commit these crimes.”

According to PIPCU, genuine radiator grills are designed and tested to minimise injuries to pedestrians on collision. Were the counterfeit parts fitted to cars, they could have posed a risk to the public.

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