'We're the real deal': market traders sign pledge to fight fake goods
Stockton market traders have signed up to a national charter to keep stalls free of fake goods.
Every single trader at the 700-year-old market has signed the 'Real Deal' pledge, which gives shoppers an assurance that they can buy with confidence.
And joining them in signing up were Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Cabinet Members, Councillors Steve Nelson and Nigel Cooke.
Councillor Nelson, Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: "We're delighted to see all of the traders supporting the 'Real Deal' charter, which gives shoppers peace of mind and sends out a clear message that the sale of fake goods will not be tolerated.
"The Council has also signed the pledge, which will see Trading Standards officers working closely with traders to help the market stay fake free."
Councillor Cooke, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, added: "Stockton is a proud market town and our regular market is a popular year round feature at the heart of our award-winning High Street.
"The Real Deal logo will be on display throughout the market, and can only enhance its reputation while encouraging people to spend with local traders."