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Latest News - 01/2015

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Pay back time for pair behind £17m counterfeit goods scam

21 January 2015

21.01.15 - Two men who were jailed following the seizure in Brent of the largest ever haul of counterfeit goods uncovered in the UK have been ordered to pay back £75,000.

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Man jailed for selling counterfeit goods online

21 January 2015

21.01.15 - A man selling fake perfumes, pocketing over £120,000, has been jailed for 16 months. Patrick Morris, 65, operated his online knock-down-priced business a-bit-of magic.co.uk from his home in Deal. Alongside him in the counterfeit con was godson James Cumming, 42, who described himself as an online shop manager.

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10,000 pairs fake Nike trainers worth £250,000 seized at Harwich

20 January 2015

20.01.15 - The counterfeit footwear was discovered in a trailer from Latvia at Harwich by the UK Border Force, who then asked Essex Trading Standards to examine them.

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Fake goods at Donington Sunday Market

20 January 2015

19.01.15 - Two brothers who sold fake films, headphones and other phoney goods to customers at Donington Sunday Market have been sentenced.

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Gang traded in counterfeit goods 'on industrial scale'

19 January 2015

19.01.15 - A Harrietsham businessman, who masterminded the sale of fake goods “on an industrial scale” – has been sent to prison. Darren Hilton, 43, his partner Sharon Marlow, 36, and three others are believed to have pocketed more than £115,000 in profits from their racket.

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Fake Apple 'iPhone 6' devices are ALREADY on sale

19 January 2015

19.01.15 - Apple hasn’t confirmed any details about its upcoming handset, dubbed iPhone 6, but that hasn’t stopped knock-offs already hitting the market. Users of Weibo have spotted a number of fake models claiming to be the next-generation device on sites such as China’s Taobao.

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Fire hazard found in fake building materials

18 January 2015

18.01.15 - A routine building materials sampling test has unearthed a dangerous counterfeit cabling system that could cause entire buildings to catch alight.

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Shopkeeper sentenced

18 January 2015

18.01.15 - A shopkeeper was handed a 12-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay costs of £2,524 for selling illegal, counterfeit tobacco. Hajji Haji Mustafa was sentenced at Leicester Magistrates Court on Friday for trade mark and consumer protection offences.

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Shop licence under review after fake goods seized

16 January 2015

16.01.15 - THE trading licence of a Scunthorpe shopkeeper will come under review this Monday (January 19) following the seizure of illicit and counterfeit tobacco on the premises.

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Sandbach man told to pay £30,000 or go to jail

16 January 2015

16.01.15 - A Sandbach man who traded in fake goods online has been told to hand over nearly £30,000 or face a jail term. Noel Hitchen, who is formerly of Crewe, ran a company called Xtra Funky Limited, which sold mobile phone covers and other accessories through various websites.

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ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.

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