More than 9,000 items of fake Tiffany jewelry is headed for the scrap heap in England.
Trading standards officers in Stockton, U.K., a city just south of Liverpool, said the counterfeit necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are set to be smelted down at a foundry in the northern British city of Middlesbrough so it can be recycled, reports the Northumberland Gazette.
The items were part of a haul seized from two Chinese nationals operating from an address in Thornaby, which is near Middlesbrough, the newspaper reports.
The man and woman living at the address and believed to be behind the operation did not answer bail and are believed to have fled to China, the newspaper reports.
The Stockton council issued a warning asking consumers to be on the lookout for fake Tiffany jewelry on auction Web sites, the newspaper reports. The council said large amounts of fake goods were being sold on a UK-based Internet site.