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 Road, Bettws, Newport, through two eBay accounts – Mr T-Shirts and Calamity Jane.

Judge William Gaskell was told they generated approaching £160,000 in trade over a period of around three-and-a-half years.

The Joneses pleaded guilty to eight charges of selling counterfeit goods – relating to specific items as test purchases – and a further eight charges of possessing such items, found when a search warrant was executed.

Full story courtesy of South Wales Argus