Man sentenced for selling counterfeit goods

A Shefford man who tried to profit from counterfeit goods has instead found himself severely out of pocket.

Wayne Gutteridge, 23, of River View, admitted three offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 when he appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court on 18 February.

As well as the court ordering for the fake items to be seized and destroyed, Gutteridge was ordered to pay £2,000 towards the prosecution costs, a £60 victim surcharge, and was sentenced to a two-month community order with a curfew between 6pm and 6am except Fridays.

The dodgy goods were uncovered during a raid by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards officers on a garage in Shefford in December 2014.

The action was even caught on camera as the team was accompanied by a film crew from BBC One show Fake Britain.

Among the items seized were counterfeit clothing, footwear and handbags.

Gutteridge had been advertising Ralph Lauren and Lacoste polo shirts for sale via Facebook for just £9. He claimed that he had bought the items on the market and didn’t realise that they were illegal to sell.

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “This is an excellent result for the Trading Standards team who discovered a garage full of counterfeit items.

“Counterfeit goods are often poor quality and depending on the item, can be potentially dangerous to consumers. Selling them also undermines legitimate businesses and the local economy within Central Bedfordshire.

“It may be tempting to try and make some quick cash by selling counterfeit goods but it’s against the law and, as this case shows, it can end up costing you a lot of money.”

If you suspect that counterfeit goods may be on sale somewhere, you can email or call 0300 300 8307.

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