A HOME in Kelty was raided as part of a £60,000 seizure of suspected fake goods.

The haul, which was being sold via Facebook, included designer clothes and jewellery that police and Trading Standards officers believed was counterfeit.

Enquiries are now ongoing and the seized goods, including branded clothing, footwear, cosmetics, jewellery and electrical items, are now being sent for examination.

Five people were detained by police and released after questioning.

Dawn Adamson, Trading Standards Service Manager said: “Acting on intelligence received, and regular monitoring of online selling sites, our officers have seen a growing trend in individuals using websites like Facebook and Gumtree to sell illicit goods."

She also issued a warning to those undertaking, or contemplating this online criminality.

She added: “It’s wrong to think offering fake goods this way gives the seller anonymity from enforcement bodies such as Trading Standards. Our officers are extensively trained to investigate cyber-crime relating to counterfeit goods and do so in liaison with a wide network of partners involved in the fight against fakes”.

If the goods are confirmed to be counterfeit, a report may be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Anyone found guilty of offences under the Trades Marks Act faces a substantial fine and/or imprisonment.