The trade in fake goods is putting hundreds of jobs at risk, experts have warned, as a BBC investigation shows the extent of the black market in England’s biggest cities.

Trading standards figures showed hotspots in Manchester, Birmingham and Newham in east London.

Commonly copied items included Beats by Dr Dre headphones, branded phone covers and cigarettes.

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