HUNDREDS of counterfeit and dangerous toys, including so called ‘killer teddies’, have been crushed and destroyed by St Helens Council’s trading standards watchdogs.

The toys were seized from people attempting to illegally sell them.

The haul, which is the culmination of a number of recent raids, includes perfume and clothing as well as toy action figures.

With the help of colleagues in the council`s cleansing team the items have been crushed.

St Helens chief trading standards officer Darrell Wilson said: “The toys failed toy safety standards and therefore would pose a real risk and potential fatal hazard to children.

“It is important they are taken off the market for good and crushing them ensures this will happen.

“The cleansing team understood how important it was to permanently destroy the toys and have been really helpful.”

Anyone who suspects people may be selling dangerous and/or counterfeit goods is asked to telephone the citizens advice consumer helpline in confidence on 08454 040506 where details can be left in confidence or visit where information will be passed to trading standards.

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.