TRADING standards crackdowns on counterfeiters led to almost £1 million worth of knock-off goods being seized last year.
The figures were revealed in an annual review of the Leicestershire County Council service's activities which included seizing almost £887,000 of counterfeit goods including significant quantities of illegal tobacco.
It also brought before the courts 15 cases of involving unfair trading, all of which ended in convictions. A total of more than £30,000 in fines and costs were awarded to recent convicted criminals.
Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for trading standards, said: "Selling counterfeit goods is illegal and is damaging to both the people that buy them and the brands they rip off.
"Many of these counterfeit goods, such as hair straighteners and perfumes, are actually dangerous to use. I'm delighted with what our trading standards officers achieved last year to help businesses to trade fairly and keep residents safe."