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De-branded counterfeit clothing donated to charities by police

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has contributed to the community by donating clothing confiscated during raids on counterfeit shops as part of Operation Vulcan.

Launched in August 2022, Operation Vulcan aims to eliminate the counterfeit goods trade from various areas in the region.

As a result of the operation, GMP officers have conducted numerous raids on counterfeit shops, seizing items that have now found a second purpose.

The de-branded clothing has been generously given to charities and community organisations, while unsuitable items have been ingeniously repurposed, with the shredded materials being transformed into new items such as bedding.

Working in collaboration with a specialised company, the police force revealed that almost 1,000 tonnes of counterfeit items have been either repurposed or recycled, underscoring the success of their efforts in combating illicit trade.

Insp Dan Cullum emphasised the community-centric approach of Operation Vulcan, stating, “The community and their needs are at the heart of Operation Vulcan, and the fact that we have been able to repurpose and recycle everything and give it back to those in need really makes a difference.”

The proactive team has chosen to donate a substantial quantity of clothing to the local charity, the Mustard Tree, which actively addresses poverty, inequality, and homelessness in Manchester.

The donation comprises hundreds of items, which Harry Dwan from the Mustard Tree expressed gratitude for, stating, “This donation is gratefully received and will now be provided to those who need it most such as those sleeping on the streets, low-income families, and those who are most vulnerable in the community.”

This initiative not only reflects GMP’s commitment to eradicating counterfeit trade but also underscores their dedication to contributing positively to the well-being of the local community.

 

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