Willesden man fined for selling counterfeit clothing in Church Road Market

Forty-year-old sold fake goods to trading standard officers

A MARKET trader has been ordered to pay almost �2,000 after he was caught selling counterfeit designer clothing on his stall.

Colin Ashley Webber, of Dartmouth Road, Willesden, admitted selling fake goods at Church Road Market, which is also in Willesden.

Brent Magistrate Court heard officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards service (BHTSS) madetest purchases on his stall..

After confirmation that the goods were fake BHTSS teamed up with the police to raid his stall.

Fake clothing worth just under �9,000 was seized during the operation, which if genuine would sell for around �41,000.

The 40-year-old admitted 12 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and was fined �580 and ordered to pay �1,400 costs to BHTSS.

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Bill Bilon, head of BHTSS, said: “Time and time again, some traders seem to regard the sale of counterfeit goods as a victimless crime. “However, it deprives legitimate businesses of the opportunity of trading on a level playing field and it is intrinsically linked to supporting the ‘black market’ economy.

“It is at times such as these that it is even more important that rogue traders need to be driven out as they do not make any contribution to the local or national economy.”

Webber was fined on December 21.