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Fake rock band t-shirt seller is sentenced

A man from Bognor Regis who sold fake rock band hoodies and t-shirts has been sentenced after West Sussex Trading Standards seized more than £18,000 worth of goods at his property.

 

Gary Michael Warren (age 64, Barn Lane, Shripney, Bognor Regis) pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates Court and was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 130 hours of unpaid work. Trading Standards were awarded full costs of £5,445. Warren forfeited the items seized and these will now be recycled.

 

Trading Standards first became aware of Warren in November 2018 when they were contacted by a Trade Mark holder who complained that a website, operated by Warren, was selling counterfeit rock bank t-shirts.

 

Officers made some test purchases and the items were confirmed to be in breach of the Trade Marks Act.

 

Warren’s home address was searched and 1,943 hoodies and t-shirts were seized. They had a retail value of more than £18,000.

 

Richard Sargeant, West Sussex Trading Standards team manager, said: “Selling counterfeit goods is a serious crime. As well as deceiving innocent customers it also takes business away from legitimate traders.

 

“We are determined to put a stop to counterfeit selling in West Sussex.”

 

Cllr Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for environment, said: “Residents concerned about the sale of fake, counterfeit products should contact our Trading Standards team. This outcome sends a strong message that we will take action against dishonest traders.”

 

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of an unfair trading practice, should contact Trading Standards at:westsussex.gov.uk/tsreportor via Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444.

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