Trader had 700 fake DVDs at car-boot sale

GOTCHA! Hucknall Conservative councillor Mick Murphy (left) and Mark Walker, trading standards group manager for the council, with the haul of fake DVDs seized from the trader's stand at the car-boot sale in Hucknall.
GOTCHA! Hucknall Conservative councillor Mick Murphy (left) and Mark Walker, trading standards group manager for the council, with the haul of fake DVDs seized from the trader's stand at the car-boot sale in Hucknall.
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A TRADER was snared at a car-boot sale in Hucknall with more than 700 counterfeit DVDs, a court has heard.

Paul Lawrence (38), of Blackstone Close, Alfreton, Derbyshire, was caught peddling the discs at the sale off Hucknall bypass last September.

An undercover trading standards officer from Notts County Council paid Lawrence £2 for a counterfeit copy of ‘Jane Eyre’ — a DVD that would normally retail for about £13.

Nottingham Magistrates Court heard that other titles being sold included ‘Cars 2’, ‘Shrek Collection’, ‘Zookeeper’, ‘Thor’ and ‘Green Lantern’. All had photocopied covers and titles written in marker pen on the discs themselves.

All the DVDs were seized by the trading standards department.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to 11 charges under the Trademarks Act 1994.

As well as being ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community, Lawrence has to pay £260 towards the county council’s costs for bringing the case.

Coun Mick Murphy (Con), a Hucknall member of the county council and its lead member for community safety, said: “Selling counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime. Legitimate retailers selling genuine products are being cheated out of trade, which can have dire consequences for the future of honest businesses and their employees.

“In this case, it was obvious from the quality of the DVDs being sold that they were counterfeit. I would urge anyone who sees counterfeit goods on sale not to buy them and to contact trading standards immediately.

“We will be working more closely with market and car-boot operators in the future to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities in not allowing counterfeit items to be sold at their events.”