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20,000 fake Frozen dolls seized at Dublin Port

COUNTERFEIT Frozen dolls worth up to €600,000 have been seized by Customs officers at Dublin Port

More than 20,000 fake versions of the must-have dolls were intercepted as part of a routine operation yesterday.

The toys were discovered in a container that originated from China and were destined for the Christmas market.

The crime was uncovered on Wednesday as a result of routine profiling by the Revenue's Customs Services.

No arrests have yet been made in relation to the seizure. A Revenue spokesperson reminded the public that buying counterfeit goods harms legitimate businesses.

A spokesperson warned that the dolls could be unsuitable for children due to not having to comply with health and safety regulations.

"Revenue would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that the purchase of counterfeit goods is damaging to legitimate businesses and, because of the lack of regulation of the way in which they are produced, can pose serious health and safety risks to consumers and in this case to the children who may have received them as presents."

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Spokesman from Dublin Chamber of Commerce Graeme McQueen said: "It's encouraging to hear that they caught them. The black market costs companies money. It's positive that they've caught them at this stage.

"It's been a tough few years for retailers, and this is the first year there's been a bit of light. Anything that can be done to protect businesses who do things properly and adhere to the law and proper practice is a good thing."

Parents have been battling to secure toys from the hit Disney movie Frozen in time for the big day.

Last month gardai were called to a Swords toy store after reports of 'physical fights' breaking out in overnight queues for the singing Snow Glow Elsa doll.

One toy was placed on Adverts.ie for €500, with the ad viewed 10,000 times and 70 offers made on it.

Fake dolls are also available for sale on Dublin's Henry Street for just €15. Unlike, the real product, these dolls cannot speak or talk.

A spokesman for Smyths toy stores told the Herald that "stocks on some items are limited" but that they still have "a great range of Frozen products".

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