Halifax man receives suspended sentence after TRAP investigation

Stephen Clarkson, 36, of High Meadows, Greetland, Halifax, and director of Custom Design UK Ltd, was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Bradford Crown Court. In 2016, West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) received information from Surelock, which represents numerous trademark holders that Custom Design UK Ltd was selling counterfeit clothing through…

Leicester counterfeiter receives 21 month suspended sentence

After painstaking investigative work by TRAP partners Surelock dating back to 2015, Ian Buckley (56), who ran clothing shop Quirk in Leicester city centre was charged with and subsequently admitted 36 offences under the Trade Marks Act. The offences related to items such as T-shirts and hooded tops bearing the names of bands such as Led…

Central London trader jailed

After an exhaustive undercover operation, by TRAP partners Surelock, Westminster Trading Standards secured the conviction of 22 year old Kashif Haq. During the raid on Haq’s store in Trocadero more than £100k of counterfeit product was seized including music merchandise and dangerous toys and electrical products. Before passing a 13 month sentence at Blackfriars Crown Court Judge Shetty,…

TRAP serves millionth takedown

In the battle against online merchandise piracy, over One Million Copyright & Trademark Notices of Infringement have been issued by TRAP’s anti piracy team with up to 50 items per report being removed. This pro-active initiative has resulted in the removal of goods worth an estimated 39 million pounds and the suspension of 27,394 seller…

Joint raid targets market traders

In a joint operation with Merseyside Police, Wirral Council Trading Standards and brand protection officers from TRAP’s partner Surelock, React and Liverpool Football Club, stall holders in Birkenhead Market were targeted as it had been reported that they were selling fake clothing and other products. Counterfeit goods were seized including designer brands, music merchandise, Premier League football clubs,  Marvel…

Jail for persistent offender

After some great work in gathering evidence alongside the hard work of local Trading Standards. Andrew Jones of Newport was jailed whilst his wife narrowly avoided prison after they admitted selling counterfeit shirts bearing the logos of football clubs as well as rock and pop bands. The couple sold items from their home in Tone…

Man jailed for £150,000 fake clothing scam

On Friday 2 June 2017, Meraj Gul, aged 34 was sentenced to 30 months in prison at Inner London Crown Court, after pleading guilty to selling goods with unauthorised trademarks of a variety of Music artists including Justin Bieber and One Direction between March 2012 and February 2015, Gul produced, sold and distributed fake merchandise…