Seized clothes in South Gloucestershire are donated to charity
Trading standards officers in South Gloucestershire are working with a charity to give a new lease of life to counterfeit clothes which have been seized during raids.
They have handed over hundreds of items of counterfeit clothing to the charity, His Church so they can be used again by homeless charities.
Storing fake clothes whilst waiting for a court decision can incur costs for customs and trading standards, and then once the items have been proved to be fake the authorities then have to find funds for incineration or landfill costs.
The charity has eliminated these costs by recycling the goods to around 250 homeless centres and women's shelters across the country.
Richard Humphrey, senior co-ordinator of His Church charity, said: "The great thing about this partnership is that it not only takes profit away from criminals, it also helps some of the most vulnerable people in society to have new clothing, which can be crucial in helping conserve dignity and open up new work opportunities."