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Customs officials counting fake toy haul

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A massive operation to count around 20,000 fake toys worth €100,000 is expected to be completed by Wednesday, customs said on Tuesday.

The haul, which according to customs is probably the biggest ever regarding toys, was discovered after a tip off which led to the search of two shops and a warehouse in Nicosia.

“We detained the toys and we have got a confirmation from a number of lawyers confirming that their import violates intellectual property laws,” customs spokesman Christos Christou said.

The customs officers, working with police, have sent samples to lawyers representing brands on the island to obtain information on whether the items are fake. Most of the objects are labelled as Lego, Superhero and Disney brands.

When the property rights have been dealt with the counterfeit toys will be destroyed.

“It will then be investigated how they got here and who imported them,” Christou explained, adding that the origin is probably China.

This is not the first time the customs office has made a big haul this year. On October 6 officers seized counterfeit fur coats worth €500,000 in Limassol.

During a search of a Limassol warehouse 223 fake fur coats marked with the Hermes trademark were found.

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