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Traders sign pledge to stop dangerous & illegal goods

An agreement's been signed by Leighton Buzzard's market traders, to stop fakes being sold in the run-up to Christmas.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 3:27pm 22nd November 2016. 2-minute read.

Traders sign pledge to stop dangerous & illegal goods

Traders at Leighton Buzzard's Tuesday Market are on the look-out for illegal and possibly dangerous goods on sale.

They've signed an agreement with the council in the run-up to Christmas, to stop fakes being sold.

Last Tuesday, both organisations signed the Real Deal Charter to show their commitment to the campaign.

The Real Deal Charter is a cross sector partnership campaign bringing together trading standards services, market operators, industry groups, copyright and trade mark owners, to ensure markets are free of counterfeit and other illegal goods, so that consumers can shop, and legitimate dealers can trade, in safety and with confidence.

Leighton Buzzard market, which has been running in the town's High Street since c. 1086 and is still going strong every Tuesday and Saturday, is the first market in Central Bedfordshire to sign up to the charter.

Cllr Mark Freeman, Chair of the Market Sub Committee, signed the Charter on behalf of the Town Council.

He said:

"The town council is pleased to work alongside our own market traders and Central Bedfordshire Council's Trading Standards team to ensure that customers of our long-standing street market can be assured that products sold here are the Real Deal."

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

"Signing up to the Charter demonstrates our commitment to providing safe and fair markets.

"Unscrupulous traders selling counterfeit or illegal goods will not be tolerated.

"By signing this pledge, the operators are assuring consumers that they won't sell counterfeit goods which are more often than not of poor quality and can also be dangerous."

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