Shields Gazette readers overwhelmingly back calls for tougher action on fake toy sales

Shields Gazette readers want to see more done to crack down on crooks putting children’s lives at risk with fake toys.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 11:11 am
The Local Government Association is warning shoppers to be on their guard.
The Local Government Association is warning shoppers to be on their guard.

With just weeks to go until Christmas, the Local Government Association is warning shoppers to be on their guard..

More than 4.2million counterfeit products, including toys, were by councils over the last year.

We asked: “Do you think further action needs to be taken over online sellers flogging fake and dangerous toys?”

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Almost 300 people voted, with 92 per cent answering yes, and just eight per cent happy with things as they stand.

Dale McKenzie said: “The amount of fraud in this country is at epidemic levels and trading standards, the police and other authority bodies are just not interested in taking the problem seriously.”

And Michael Jones had some advice worth bearing in mind: “Alittle saying goes something like this,” he said.

“If something seems to good to be true, then it probably is.”

Jacqueline Barras wanted to see merchants play their part: “Some responsibility from buyers too,” she said. And she agreed: “If it’s too good to be true, it’s fake. Would never risk it with electrics or toys.”

Helen Hindhaugh asked: “Are the 8% that voted no the sellers?”

But Dave Calvert was in full-on Ebenezer Scrooge mode, all in favour of ‘decreasing the surplus population’.

“No, the population needs thinning. This can only help in that,” he (hopefully) joked.

And he paid tribute to the Marvel movie villain who wiped out half of all life in the universe with the hashtag #thanoswasright.