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PIPCU tackles counterfeit poppy sellers ahead of Remembrance Day

The City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is targeting counterfeit poppy sellers ahead of Remembrance Day.

In partnership with the Royal British Legion and the Intellectual Property Office, it has been found that some online sellers are offering counterfeit poppy badges, scarves and other merchandise.

PIPCU has visited a number of addresses recently where officers have spoken to suspects who are believed to be selling counterfeit poppies under the guise of sending the profits to the Royal British Legion.

The IPO announced the partnership in a press release.

Detective Constable Geoff Holbrook of the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) said: “The callous theft of funds away from valuable charity services is inexcusable. Intellectual property theft is not a victimless crime. Where charities are involved, it is people in need of support who ultimately suffer.
“We are at the heart of ensuring that these people know they are committing a crime and are stopped. We would urge anyone purchasing a poppy to buy through official Royal British Legion channels.”

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