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Massive fake designer goods haul in Italy

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Five hundred thousand tonnes of Chinese-made fake designer goods have been seized by police during a raid on a sprawling warehouse complex in Rome.

The merchandise – which included copies of big name brands with designer logos, and toys that did not meet European safety standards – is worth an estimated five million euros.

Hundreds of boxes containing imitation Puma sports wear, Salvatore Farragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Armani jeans and Calvin Klein copies were packed and stacked awaiting collection.

Italian police believe the complex of eight warehouses on the southern outskirts of the city is a distribution centre supplying illegal businesses all over Europe.

Seventy officers took part in the raid and detained 37 Chinese citizens some of whom were said to be acting as look-outs.

Police say the investigation has been one of the biggest operations of its kind ever to have been undertaken in Italy.