Man sold fake designer gear in town shop
A shopkeeper has been fined over £1000 for sellling fake designer goods.
The court heard that between March 23, 2014 and June 20, 2014, on ten separate occasions in Morecambe, Ian Nixon, 36, of Marine Road West, Morecambe, sold Ugg Australia boots, a Jimmy Choo purse, a Mulberry purse, five pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, five Chanel mobile phone covers, five Jimmy Choo handbags, four pairs of Converse All Star shoes, a Nike Tracksuit, a pair of Nike shoes, and four pairs of G-Star jeans,, all of which were fake.
Defending, Adam Antoszkiew said Mr Nixon was trying to make a gainful living and that he had told buyers that the goods were replicas.
Magistrates at Lancaster fined Nixon £1100 and ordered him to pay court costs of £992.21. An order was made for the fake goods to be forfeited and destroyed.
Amanda Maxim, Lancashire County Council’s trading standards manager, said: “We are looking to send a clear message that the sale of counterfeit goods will not be tolerated in Lancashire.
“This practice damages legitimate honest businesses who abide by the law.
“We would urge people not to buy, and to report any counterfeit goods they see for sale.”
People can report counterfeit goods by calling the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 .