TEENAGERS who were selling fake perfume to shoppers on Chapel Street have been arrested for fraud after the items were found to contain urine.
A number of people on the busy high street contacted the police following claims of “overly aggressive sales tactics” by a group of youths trying to sell cheap perfume.
Some of the reports involved them trying to force people to go to cash points and take out money to buy the products.
Police arrested three male teenagers, aged 14, 15 and 17, at Southport train station and after testing the perfume it was found that urine had been used as a “stabilising agent.”
A Merseyside Police spokesperson, said: “Complaints involved these youths trying to force people shopping in Chapel Street to go to cash points and take out cash to buy these products, that they were offering for cheap prices.
“On July 20, PCSOs responded to complaints from members of the public of two men also trying to sell perfumes in this manner. Continued inside
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The two men were stopped on Scarisbrick Street, but had no such items with them.
“Their details were verified at the roadside. Shortly after, five bottles of perfumes were found in a carrier bag dumped over a wall nearby.
“On July 27, police officers arrested three teenagers at Southport railway station, aged 14, 15 and 17 from Queensferry, on suspicion of fraud and fair evasion on the railway, having been found in possession of counterfeit perfumes.
“When tested, the perfumes were confirmed to be fake. Among the agents contained in the mixture, urine had been used as a stabilising agent.
“The three teenagers were released under investigation.”