POLICE probing internet sales of fake football shirts swooped on a home in a leafy Leeds suburb.
Detectives raided a detached house on King Lane, Chapel Allerton, as part of an investigation into counterfeit replicas sparked by sportswear manufacturer Umbro.
Officers searched the house and took away shirts for detailed examination.
A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the sale of counterfeit goods and taken off in a police van as neighbours looked on.
The investigation began in December after Umbro, which makes shirts for teams including Manchester City, became suspicious about goods for sale on e-Bay.
Some shirts that Umbro sells for up to £50 were being offered for as little as £26.
Umbro got hold of one of the internet sale shirts and examined it in detail. Their investigation found the shirt was not a genuine Umbro replica and was of inferior quality. It was made of a different fabric, the embroidery was of poor quality and it was incorrectly labelled.
Det Sgt Phil Jackson, who leads the north east Leeds proceeds of crime team, said: “This investigation is at an early stage but the sale of counterfeit goods is intrinsically linked to other serious and organised crimes. On the face of it purchasing counterfeit goods can often seem bargain, but issues over quality, safety and who your money is eventually going to should be at the forefront of anyone’s mind when buying fake goods. The old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is generally tends to be the case.”