A MAN caught on the A63 at Monk Fryston with 30 boxes of counterfeit Adidas clothes and Nike footwear has been given a suspended prison sentence.

York Crown Court heard that £60,000 had passed through Masood Anwar’s bank account, mostly in cash deposits, between February 22, 2011, and May 15, 2014.

A second man in the car was deported before he could stand trial on charges related to the boxes.

Anwar, 35, of Cleveland Road, Manchester, pleaded guilty to two charges of having pirated items and one each of possessing criminal property and converting criminal property.

Judge Simon Hickey said he had a lesser role compared to the man who was deported, and gave him a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years on condition he does 180 hours’ unpaid work.

He must also pay a £1,000 fine and faces an assets confiscation hearing later this year.

The case was delayed while Anwar was in the Czech Republic.

His solicitor advocate Mark Partridge said he had to sort out family problems there and was now leading a reformed life in the UK.