Traders were caught with fake goods

First published in East Yorkshire news

TWO East Yorkshire traders have been prosecuted after being caught with counterfeit goods.

Diane Brown and John Lannen, both of North Back Lane in Bridlington, were found with fake branded clothing, jewellery, footwear and handbags totalling around £2,500 when trading standards teams investigated their home and a separate premises.

They both admitted 11 offences of being in possession of counterfeit goods which they intended to sell to the public on Facebook during December last year.

Bridlington magistrates ordered Lannen to be electronically tagged and imposed a six-month curfew between 9pm and 9am, while he must also pay £500 towards the cost of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council prosecution. Brown was sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid community work and told to pay £500 costs.

The court heard the council’s trading standards service had received several complaints during 2011 from people who had been sold counterfeit goods in the Bridlington area.

Coun Jackie Cracknell, cabinet portfolio holder for community partnerships, said: “The council takes these matters very seriously, and if you suspect anybody else to be participating in this type of illegal activity, please report them to trading standards on 01482 396301.”

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