Friday 11th November 2011 Dorset Echo By Joanna Davis
A MARKET stallholder has admitted selling fake designer goods that fail to comply with safety conditions.
Trading standards officers seized counterfeit products including ghd hair straighteners, Juicy Couture flip-flops, Tiffany bracelets and Ugg boots from a stall at Portland Market.
Experts found that the hair straighteners and hairdryers on sale were ‘a departure’ from the safety standards expected, Weymouth Magistrates Court heard.
Stallholder Timothy David Smale was selling the counterfeit products because he was being chased by loan sharks, the court was told.
Smale, 45, has pleaded guilty to nine charges of possessing goods with a false trade mark for sale or hire and to two charges of failing to comply with safety conditions.
Martin Thursby, principal trading standards officer for Dorset County Council, told magistrates that Smale, of Uphill Way, Weston-Super-Mare, had at least £5,000 worth of fake designer goods in his van at Portland Market, Yeates Corner, on July 26.
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