Skegness

Curfew and community order for fake clothes sellers

Over 6,000 items of counterfeit clothing were seized and taken out of circulation after a successful Trading Standards raid on the Lincolnshire coast.

The ‘Operation Sunflower’ sting at Glen Park Market in Ingoldmells in August 2017 resulted in the prosecution of two male stall holders – John Sharma Lal and Ved Parkash.

Sharma Lal was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to selling counterfeit clothing, including Adidas, Hugo Boss and Nike.

Sharma Lal was also ordered to pay a contribution of £200 costs and a victim surcharge of £85, which will be paid at £10 per fortnight.

In the first case 2,276 items of clothing were seized.

Two male stall holders – John Sharma Lal and Ved Parkash – were prosecuted. Photo: Lincolnshire County Council

Ved Parkash was handed a stand-alone electronically monitored curfew for three months (7pm to 7am daily) after pleading guilty to selling counterfeit clothing at the same location.

Parkash was also ordered to pay a contribution of £200 costs and victim surcharges of £85, which will be paid at £10 per fortnight.

This second case concerned the discovery of 3,854 items of clothing including Nike and Hugo Boss.

In both cases witness statements were provided by a range of Trademark holders that the goods seized were indeed counterfeit.