Fake rock band t-shirt seller is sentenced

A man who sold fake rock band hoodies and t-shirts has been sentenced


Release date: 7 July 2020

A man 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 on 2 July 2020 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.”

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 or Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444.

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