08 February 2017

A Northampton man has been prosecuted for offences contravening the Trade Marks Act after being found in possession of counterfeit goods.

Roy Leah, 62, of Woodland Close, Duston, was found to be in possession of a significant quantity of counterfeit goods, including 114 bottles of fake Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume, which he bought from Wellsbourne market and planned to sell on. The genuine items would have been worth up to £35,000.

The items were seized during a police raid at his son’s house in Stanhope Road, Northampton, in January 2016 which Leah later admitted belonged to him. He told Trading Standards officers at Northamptonshire County Council that he planned to sell some of the goods around local pubs.

Fake goods

The counterfeit items also included:

  • 31 Jo Malone candles
  • 18 bottles of Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume
  • 13 pouches of Amber Leaf hand rolling tobacco
  • 70 Ralph Lauren coats
  • 29 Manchester United football shirts

Leah, who admitted six offences contravening the Trade Marks Act, was given a fine totalling £1,724 including court costs of £1,060 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (February 7th).

He had previously signed an Enterprise Act undertaking in December 2015 after being caught selling counterfeit goods from the boot of his car.

'Not tolerated'

County council cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage said: “This is a great result for our Trading Standards team and it demonstrates that unlawful trading will not be tolerated in Northamptonshire.

“I would urge people not to buy counterfeit goods and only use reputable traders. It may be tempting to buy what appear to be authentic items at a low price, but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

“If you have information about the sale of counterfeit items, you can report it to Trading Standards, anonymously if preferred, by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”