Markets sign up to fight illegal goods

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Traders across south Lincolnshire have signed up to a county-wide initiative to fight for fake free markets.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards has launched a campaign to crack down on the sale of illegal goods at markets and car boot sales.

Some 25 markets across the county have signed up to the Real Deal, a charter which aims to ensure safe and fair trading, co-ordinated by Lincolnshire County Council.

Among those taking part locally are markets at Bourne, Crowland, Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton.

Angela Kane, senior trading standards officer at the county council, said: “In a bid to make Lincolnshire’s markets fake free, we are encouraging markets to sign up to the Real Deal Market Charter, making a commitment to safe and fair trading at their markets.

“Local markets are at the heart of our communities, so we need to keep both the traders and shoppers safe.

“Visitors to the markets can rest assured that if they buy an item from one of the 25 markets accredited with the Real Deal Charter, the item will not be counterfeit, illegal or dangerous.”