Monday, October 14, 2013
Trader pleads guilty to peddling counterfeit clothes at village market.
A BIRMINGHAM man has pleaded guilty of possessing and selling fake goods at a market in Croyde.
Wayne Broomhall, 46, of Dunster Close, Kings Norton, was charged with offences under the Trade Marks Act following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service.
The team received intelligence that Mr Broomhall was running a stall at Croyde selling items such as counterfeit Superdry sweatshirts, Ugg knitted hats, Jack Wills t-shirts, Vans trainers, Hollister jumpers and Ralph Lauren polo shirts.
North Devon Magistrates heard how the council’s trading standards officers visited the market in August last year and seized several hundred items, with an estimated market value of £12 000.
These items were then sent to the different manufacturers for confirmation that they were counterfeit.
Magistrates ordered Broomhall to forfeit the goods seized and was required to pay £2,300 costs. He has also been given 80 hours of community service.
Following Tuesday’s hearing, Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, with responsibility for Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service, said: “Selling counterfeit goods is a serious crime.
“We have a duty to protect consumers from unsafe goods and legitimate traders from unfair competition.
“By selling counterfeit goods, Mr Broomhall has undermined the local businesses that play by the rules, as well potentially damaging the reputation of the area among the holiday makers for whom those traders rely for their livelihoods.
“Fake goods are not only a menace to legitimate businesses; they also pose a real danger to the public as the items are usually shoddy.
“I would urge consumers to think twice before supporting the criminals who profit from the sale of these goods, and recommend they steer clear of fakes no matter how much of a bargain they may appear.
“This case sends a very clear message that we will not tolerate the supply or sale of counterfeit goods, and shows just how valuable the work of our trading standards service is in protecting the public and the interests of legitimate traders.
“We will continue to actively investigate the supply and sale of counterfeit goods and those found to be dealing in counterfeit goods can expect to be prosecuted and can face large fines and even prison sentences as a result.”