Following the success of the University of Lincoln’s Freshers’ Fayre in 2013, volunteers from the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers teamed up with staff from Lincolnshire County Council Trading Standards, to deliver information to students about the dangers of counterfeit alcohol and cigarettes.

Both genuine and counterfeit products were displayed on the Crimestoppers stall at the University of Lincoln on January 15th, and students were invited to take the 'Genuine or Fake Quiz' to be in with the chance of winning a £50 high street voucher.

Students were very interested to find out how to identify illegal alcohol and cigarettes and many were surprised to hear about the variety of hazardous ingredients that can be found in counterfeit goods.

Knowing that there is a strong drinking culture and a desire for cheap alcohol amongst many university students nationally, Lincolnshire Crimestoppers and Trading Standards felt that it was particularly important to educate students regarding the potential dangers of illegal alcohol.

Volunteers also used this opportunity to raise awareness of the work carried out by Crimestoppers. They highlighted to students that any information that is passed on to Crimestoppers is 100% anonymous and can be given by either calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting the Crimestoppers website and filling out an Anonymous Online Form.

If you want to find out more about what Crimestoppers and Trading Standards got up to at the January Fayre, search for #JanuaryFayre and #LincolnshireCrimestoppers on Twitter.

Kiran Dhanda, Crimestoppers’ Regional Manager for the East Midlands said; “Many thanks to all the Crimestoppers volunteers and staff from Trading Standards who helped make the fayre a success.  The Lincolnshire committee look forward to continuing their partnership with Trading Standards and future exciting projects.”

If you are interested in keeping up to date with news from Lincolnshire Trading Standards you can follow them on Twitter at @lincsts and on Facebook.

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