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Police discover fake Bradman plaques

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Melbourne: Australian Federal Police (AFP) have seized illegal memorabilia bearing signatures by Sir Donald Bradman, Customs Minister Amanda Vanstone said on Tuesday.''Twenty-six cricket bats and 29 wall plaques, many incorporating photographs of 'The Don' that had not been authorised or endorsed bythe Australian cricket icon have been retrieved,'' Senator Vanstonetold reporters.The latest incident follows the arrest of a Canberra man in September for selling bats allegedly endorsed by Bradman. An AFP spokesman said the signatures were obtained by mail from Bradman who did not know they would be used for commercial purposes.The spokesman said the memorabilia was being sold over the Internet, and in retail outlets. He said police were first alerted to the scam after a complaint from a man who purchased one of the unauthorised items in Canberra.The memorabilia was being offered for thousands of dollars in some cases.Senator Vanstone said the use of Bradman's signature had not been authorised by the Bradman foundation, and Australians would be offended that a national icon's name had been used illegally.Police said one man was being questioned and the investigation was ongoing. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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