February 5, 2012 Hillingdon.gov.uk
A market trader who was caught with a van load of counterfeit goods by Hillingdon Council’s Trading Standards Service has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
Qayse Nori, 22, of Normandy Drive, Hayes, appeared for sentencing at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 31 January and was also ordered to pay £500 court costs. He pleaded guilty to nine offences at an earlier hearing on 17 January.
Nori had a licence to trade at a market in Southwark and a search of his van near his home revealed a quantity of counterfeit toys, fake designer handbags and other dodgy goods. The toys seized include Ben 10, Disney and Spiderman replicas.
Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services said: “Buying fake goods supports serious crime undeclared and can put genuine local traders out of business. Hillingdon’s Trading Standards officers are working hard to protect residents from unsafe and fake goods, especially when the items can end up in the hands of children.”
In mitigation, Nori’s solicitor said that his client was full of remorse – he had come from Afghanistan and in his naivety, he did not understand about counterfeit goods or the role of Trading Standards.
If you have information on the sale of counterfeit goods please contact Hillingdon Council’s Trading Standards Service, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01895 250164.
Original article on Council Website HERE