In a secret postal depot in Slough, Suvinder Kaur watches a steady trundle of parcels as they roll through an X-ray machine, and smiles with quiet satisfaction. The Border Force officer had spotted the brown paper packages bound in Sellotape in a haul of foreign post and noted they all had the same Chinese sender. Seizing them off the conveyor belt, she rips one open to reveal a shoddy imitation Louis Vuitton bag with a Cartier watch stuffed inside. “Now why would you send something like this in the post if they weren’t fake?” Kaur says, tossing them aside. A table nearby groans under the weight of a pile of fake Ray-Ban sunglasses, football shirts, watches and rip-off handbags. One “Louis Vuitton” handbag, encased in its own suede-style protective bag, could almost pass for the genuine £895 article, but Kaur points to the roughshod stitching inside. Meanwhile a fake iPhone elicits admiration for its incredible likeness to the real product. The … [Read more...] about Could counterfeit goods fund terrorism if border control becomes lax?
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A Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Dallas was diverted on Sunday, after officials discovered the aeroplane was accidentally transporting a human heart. The heart was supposed to have been unloaded in Seattle and “delivered to a local hospital,” according to a company statement. After crewmembers on the flight alerted passengers of the development, people became receptive to the diversion and were “happy to save a life,” one passenger said to The Seattle Times. The flight was airborne for around three hours, and passengers experienced a five-hour delay after landing due to an unrelated mechanical problem. A Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Dallas was diverted on Sunday, after officials discovered the aeroplane was accidentally transporting a human heart. Southwest flight 3606, which was part of a connecting flight from Sacramento, was carrying the “life-critical cargo … [Read more...] about A human heart accidentally left on a Southwest flight forced pilots to turn around
Londoners are being urged to be wary of buying bargain electrical goods which could put their lives at risk. Fake hair straighteners, smart TV boxes and hair dryers are all potential fire risks if they overheat and cause a blaze, City of London detectives have warned. The force’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) - which is based in the City, investigates cases throughout the UK to crack down on counterfeit and potentially dangerous goods offered for sale on the internet. Detective Inspector Nick Court, said: "In terms of the electrical and physical threat - the items can harm or kill. "Fake goods may not have the safeguards the legitimate items would. "With (fake) hair straighteners you have got a very hot piece of metal close to your head. They don’t have automatic switches." Fake lithium-ion batteries for mobile phones and computers, power supplies and lighting products are also popular money-spinning fakes for fraudsters. Natalie Wong, senior regional … [Read more...] about Why Londoners should watch out for deadly fake electrical goods
By Jeff Goertzen | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: November 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm | UPDATED: November 23, 2018 at 5:26 pm Black Friday is past, and if you’re relying on Santa and his Postal Service helpers to deliver some of your gifts this year, here is a list of obvious and not-so-obvious items the man in red may or may not be willing to load on his sleigh. 1. Marijuana (prohibited)Recreational pot is legal in California. Nevertheless, it is illegal to ship marijuana or Christmas goodies containing marijuana anywhere within the U.S. Violators can be charged under federal law or the law of the state in which the cannabis shipment originated or the state to which it was delivered. Under federal guidelines, mailing as little as 50 grams of marijuana can land you in a federal penitentiary. 2. Air bags (prohibited)Air bags or any device containing an inflatable air bag can’t be mailed through USPS. Air bags are considered to be miscellaneous hazardous … [Read more...] about 15 gifts you may not be able to mail this Christmas
PUBLISHED: 18:22 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:29 09 November 2018 Jake Foxford The operation took place at the Tesco car park at Copdock Interchange Picture: ARCHANT Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug driving during a crackdown on lorries and vehicles suspected of transporting dangerous goods at Ipswich’s Copdock Interchange. Suffolk police teamed up with the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency and HM Revenue and Customs for the day of action on Monday.They were working to enforce legislation around carrying dangerous goods (CDG) such as clinical waste, which has the potential to be used by terrorist organisations to produce explosives.Officers from the roads and armed policing team stopped 34 vehicles and discovered 27 were carrying hazardous materials from their base at the Tesco truck stop site.Sgt Julian Ditcham said: “The purpose of this operation was to both enforce the legislation relevant to vehicles carrying dangerous goods … [Read more...] about Police crackdown on vehicles carrying ‘dangerous goods’ on A12 and A14