Jul 21 2011 By Ian Proctor
A STALLHOLDER at Wembley Market who admitted stocking fake clothing equivalent to an £80,000 designer wardrobe will have to carry out community service.
Ahmet Cayir, 32, of Hackney, east London, pleaded guilty to one offence under the Trade Marks Act 1994 for possessing for sale counterfeit garments of High Street brands such as Dolce and Gabbana, Diesel, PRADA, Ed Hardy and G-Star.
He was sentenced on July 19 at Harrow Crown Court to 40 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £400 prosecution costs to Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service.
The court heard that the service's officers conducted a joint operation with the Metropolitan Police, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and the DVLA to stop and search vehicles on route to the market, which is held in the car park of Wembley Stadium in South Way, Wembley.
Cayir's van was stopped, searched and seized, and was found to contained 304 items of non-branded stock and 577 branded items confirmed as counterfeit, which had an estimated retail value of £77,000 had they been legitimate.
Bill Bilon, head of Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service, said: "Time and time again, some traders seem to regard the sale of counterfeit goods as a victimless crime.
"However, it deprives legitimate businesses of the opportunity of trading on a level playing field and it is intrinsically linked to supporting the black market economy.
"It is at times such as these that it is even more important that rogue traders need to be driven out as they do not make any contribution to the local or national economy."