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Couple convicted of counterfeit offences

Couple convicted of counterfeit offences

Published at 7:41am 12th April 2017. (Updated at 3:15pm 12th April 2017)

A couple who were stopped in North Yorkshire with counterfeit clothes and accessories in their vehicle pleaded guilty at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court to 19 offences of possessing with a view to sale goods bearing unauthorised trademarks.

Robert and Lisa Ravie, of Thirston Way, Kenton, Newcastle, were stopped by police on 23 July 2016 as they travelled through the county on their way back to Newcastle after buying the counterfeit clothing in Manchester.

Officers recovered an order list and more than 100 items of fake clothing and footwear from the Ravies’ vehicle, which were passed on to North Yorkshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Items seized included counterfeit Adidas, Converse and Nike trainers; Adidas, Stone Island, Lacoste and Hugo Boss tracksuits; Adidas, Ralph Lauren and Lacoste T-shirts; Ugg boots, Michael Kors sandals and MAC make-up.

Mr Ravie admitted that the couple had spent £1,300 on the counterfeit products on the day they were stopped.

He claimed that they had bought the items for family and friends, but Trading Standards officers discovered that the couple ran a Facebook group to sell the fakes and also posted items for sale on other Facebook selling groups in the North East.

Each of them was given a community sentence of 80 hours' unpaid work and each was ordered to pay £888 in prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

The couple voluntarily surrendered the seized items to Trading Standards for destruction.

Sentencing the couple, the chair of bench said: "Hopefully you have both learnt a salutary lesson."

Jo Boutflower, Head of Business and Consumer Services at North Yorkshire County Council, added: "The ability of a business to protect its brand's reputation through the use of a trademark, and the role of small, local retailers in selling those products, is vital to economic growth and productivity.

"Trading Standards officers do all that we can to support and protect legitimate businesses, and I hope this case sends a clear message that firm action will be taken against those who do not trade fairly and lawfully."