Wembley market trader convicted of selling fake Superdry clothing

Court heard he also sold counterfeit Ecko and Lyle & Scott goods

A MARKET trader who sold fake designer clothing on his stall has been ordered to carry out 200 hours community work.

Richard John Cowles, 39, was caught selling the counterfeit goods in Wembley Market after his stall was raided by officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards (BHTSS).

Around 150 items branding an array of designer names including Superdry, ECKO and Lyle & Scott were seized last September.

Brent Magistrates Court heard if the clothing was genuine, they would be worth more than �3,400.

Cowles, who lives in Bedfordshire, admitted breaching the Trade Marks Act 1994 and was also ordered to pay �2,000 towards BHTSS’s prosecution costs.

Bill Bilon, head of BHTSS, said: “Tackling the continuous stream of counterfeit goods from being supplied at Wembley Market is a never ending job for my officers.

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Mr Cowles is the fourth individual this year who has been prosecuted for selling fake items at the market and we remain as committed as ever in preventing the sale of goods that are not only misdescribed, but are also of very poor quality.”