SIX people were arrested and £4.2 million of counterfeit goods were seized during a huge police raid at Wellesbourne market on Saturday.
Christmas shoppers looking for a bargain are now being warned about dangerous fake electrical items that could be potentially lethal.
Fake GHD hairdryers caught fire when they were tested by Warwickshire Trading Standards, and other electrical items seized at an earlier raid used wiring so thin it put users at risk of electrocution.
Twenty-one police officers took part in Saturday's raid, the second major swoop on Wellesbourne market in the last three months after £3 million of fake goods was seized in September.
Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards said: “This latest joint operation means that we have now seized over £7m worth of counterfeit clothing, perfumes and electrical items in the past three months.
"We are extremely concerned that someone could be seriously injured or killed by these dangerous fakes.”
Not only do the profits from the sale of counterfeits go to finance other criminal activity and make life harder for legitimate traders, tests done on fakes seized from an earlier raid in September revealed some of the goods to be downright dangerous.
Saturday’s raid took place after legitimate market traders and members of public reported concerns about the ongoing level of criminal activity at the site.
It eclipsed September’s raid in terms of the value of goods seized and items included clothing, perfumes and electrical products with brand names like Adidas, Superdry, and Chanel.
Inspector Lucy Sewell from Warwickshire Police’s Operational Patrol Unit, said: “Counterfeit and copied goods are bad for legitimate businesses, bad for consumers and bad for the economy.”
As well as arresting six people, police also seized £3,000 in cash.
Insp Sewell said: “This is not the first time we have targeted operations at markets.
"This latest action should send out a clear message to all those trading in counterfeit goods that we will catch you and you risk not just losing all your stock, but also your assets such as your house, your car, and possibly your liberty."
One of the vehicles seized from the September Wellesbourne raid, after it had been crushed.
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