Public warned about fake condoms

Residents in Leyton have been warned to ensure they buy condoms from a reputable source after packets of fake Durex contraceptives were seized from a local shop.

Waltham Forest Council was alerted to the faulty goods by a member of the public who had contacted the manufacturer to check.

Cabinet member for environment councillor Clyde Loakes said: "People might think using cheap condoms is a good way to save money over Christmas, but the long term costs to your health … is not a price worth paying."

He explained the condoms that were taken by trading standards officers were poorly made and had microscopic holes in them.

It is believed the fake contraceptives originate from Hungary and are designed to be sold in the European market.

Elsewhere, teens aged 13 and above are to be given free condoms in a controversial new scheme launched by NHS Richmond, Your Local Guardian recently reported.