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Bitter taste for trader

PUBLISHED: 16:25 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:57 24 August 2010

A TRADER who sold counterfeit DVDs from his burger van has been ordered to do 80 hours community work. Clive Miles, 51, flogged his dodgy wares from his fast food trailer that was permanently pitched at the former GEC Estate now known as East Lane Busine

A TRADER who sold counterfeit DVDs from his burger van has been ordered to do 80 hours community work.

Clive Miles, 51, flogged his dodgy wares from his fast food trailer that was permanently pitched at the former GEC Estate now known as East Lane Business Park, East Lane, Wembley.

Brent Magistrates' Court heard not only were the DVDs copies of Hollywood blockbusters but many were still being shown in the cinema and he also sold adult movies.

Acting on a tip off, officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards (BHTS) visited the trailer and bought two DVDs at £1 each in May 2007.

The following month, BHTS teamed up with Preston Police Safer Neighbourhood Team to carry out a raid of the trailer that resulted in the seizure of more than 350 DVDs.

Miles, who was employed by the owners of the trailer, admitted he owned the dodgy DVDs and had been selling them on a regular basis.

After he was charged, he fled his home in Sudbury Avenue, Wembley, and failed to show up for the hearing in July 2008.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was eventually tracked to Bristol where he was arrested.

Miles told the court he hadn't made any money selling the fakes but enjoyed watching the latest films before they were officially released.

He admitted it was a stupid thing to do and regretted it.

He pleaded guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 for the possession and supply of fake DVDs and was also ordered to pay £1,088 costs.

Bill Bilon, Director of BHTS, said: "This is just another in a long line of illegal DVD sellers that my officers have brought to book in the past few years.

"This sentence undoubtedly shows that the courts are beginning to acknowledge the fact that the sale of counterfeit goods is a serious matter.

"This case has also demonstrates defendants who attempt to evade justice by absconding will be tracked down and once located, brought to justice.

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