The fight against the sale of counterfeit goods in markets and car boot sales has been cranked up a notch after the first of a new series of regular conferences to tackle the problem was held in London last month.

Market operators, council members, police, trading standards and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers were brought together at the Real Deal seminar to discuss practical ways of combatting black market sales.

Delegates were told of the negative impact that the black market has on shoppers and legitimate businesses, and heard about some of some of the work being carried out by certain councils and police forces to tackle the problem.

Market operators and councils were also urged to sign up to the recently launched Real Deal Charter designed to keep counterfeit goods traders out.

The Charter requires owners and operators to adhere to a strict code of practice, while sellers are put through 'stringent' vetting procedures to ensure that counterfeit goods are denied access.

Just under 50 of the UK's biggest markets including London's New Covent Garden Market have signed up so far.