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Dangerous goods seized at airport

Trading standards seizures

Over 17,000 unsafe items seized at East Midlands Airport by county council trading standards officers

Cheap small electrical items such as chargers, hair straighteners, TV boxes and LED lights that could cause an electrocution and fire risk were among the items. 

The operation, run in partnership with the UK Border Force Agency, aims to prevent unsafe consumer goods being imported into the UK.


Stopping harmful goods entering the marketplace and protecting consumers and businesses from falling victim to criminal activity is of paramount importance.


“We are proud of what we have achieved at the airport and by working in partnership with Border Force we are now intercepting and preventing dangerous goods from entering the marketplace on a  daily basis.”

The work achieved results, including:

  • averting 19 serious injuries
  • preventing 16 fires
  • savings of £860,000
  • preventing huge quantities of unsafe products entering the UK via so-called smuggling nets.

For more information about ensuring goods are safe and to let us know if you suspect any items in the marketplace being dangerous, please contact 03454 04 05 06.

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