Suspended sentence for man who sold counterfeit goods at Hucknall car boot

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A trader selling counterfeit DVDs around the Hucknall Car Boot site has been given a 12-week suspended sentence and a curfew order by Nottingham Magistrates Court.

Ashuk Hussain of Lily Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, was caught with 474 counterfeit DVDs at the car boot site in April 2012 during an inspection by Trading Standards officers from Nottinghamshire County Council.

He was then found selling 360 DVDs at the same car boot in July 2012.

DVD titles for sale included Spiderman and The Raven.

Hussain pleaded guilty to three charges under the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988 and nine charges under the Trademarks Act 1994.

His sentence has been suspended for six months and his curfew order, which is in force between the hours of 9pm and 6am, has been set for three months.

The council was awarded prosecution costs of £510.

The estimated cost of counterfeit goods to the UK economy is £500,000,000 (half a billion) each year in lost of revenue to legitimate businesses and taxes.

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chairman of the Community Safety Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This trader has been caught on two occasions selling DVDs, so it is pleasing that his suspended sentence will mean he will go to jail if commits a similar offence again.

“Counterfeit goods reduce trade for legitimate retailers which have a negative impact on the local economy.”

To report someone selling counterfeit goods, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.