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Arrests as €1.5m of fake Uggs are seized

GARDAI have seized fake Ugg boots which are suspected to be worth up to €1.5m.

A warehouse in the northside of Cork city at the Hollymount industrial estate was raided where officers found approximately 15,000 pairs of counterfeit boots which they believe were destined for the black market.

Gardai believe the boots were being held at the warehouse for distribution around the country and it is understood there was enough of the bogus brand footwear to fill three or four articulated lorries.

They were being removed from the premises last night while gardai continue their investigations.

Two men, one aged in his 50s, the other in his 30s, were arrested and are being held for questioning at the Gurranabraher garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for alleged breaches of the Trade Marks Act.

The real Ugg designer boots, which can cost upwards of €240, are one of the most sought-after items among the college student brigade.

The fleece-lined boots and slippers are made of sheepskin with synthetic soles.

Ugg boots, currently manufactured in China on behalf of California-based Deckers Outdoor Corporation, have been around for more than 50 years.