In one of Newham Trading Standards' biggest-ever hauls, officers confiscated about 2000 toys. They include unsafe flashing babies' dummies, children's neckties which light up, toy dogs, rabbits and airplanes, puffer balls and sabre lights.
The illegal toys, which do not have safety warnings, are shoddily made and fall apart. Some reveal sharp metal spikes and nails and others have cords and balls which could easily choke a young child to death. Officers swooped on a house in the borough which was being used as a storehouse. The address, in the Straford area, has not been revealed for legal reasons and the toys are being independently tested.
Now officers, who suspect the toys were smuggled into the country in huge quantities by organised gangs operating from mainland China, are urging the public to be vigilant.
And they warn say similar toys are being sold across the UK.
Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales (pictured) said: "This is a great result for the council, the result of excellent, intelligence-led work by our officers.
"How can these criminals justify putting these children in danger for money? We are not going to let it happen.
"They are putting things out there they can maim or even kill. Parents and children must be protected - and they will be protected.
"The safety of people in the borough is our number one concern. We will crack down hard on criminals who make the lives of the hard-working majority a misery. If they put parents and kids at risk they risk us coming after them."