TRADING Standards are working alongside Barnsley Council after officers seized counterfeit perfume being sold on the town centre’s streets.
Sellers were reported by shoppers, who told officers that they claimed the goods were stolen.
A statement said: “Barnsley Council received several reports of people in the town centre selling counterfeit perfume. We seized a carrier bag full of counterfeit perfumes and aftershaves earlier this week.
“We urge people to always purchase such items from trusted stores in the town centre.
“Barnsley Council continue to work with Trading Standards on the matter.”
A public space protection order (PSPO) is in place on Peel Street, Midland Street, Peel Square, Wellington Street, Eldon Street, Race Street, Peel Parade, Market Hill, County Way and Sackville Street, which effectively bans perpetrators of antisocial behaviour from entering the town centre.
More than 500 dispersal orders have been issued in the town centre since its inception three years ago, with those who continue to flout the measure – such as illegal sellers and beggars – facing prosecution. Cabinet spokesperson
Coun Jenny Platts added: “We all want to have a town centre which is vibrant, safe and welcoming. The PSPO continues to be an important tool in making that a reality but we also want to ensure that those in need are able to access the relevant support services.
“We are working with partners and voluntary organisations to focus our resources on helping the people most in need, while at the same time continuing to address antisocial behaviour.”
You can also report incidents to Barnsley Council’s Safer Neighbourhood Service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.