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Dodgy Trainer Seller Runs Out Of Luck

A market trader who was caught selling fake Converse trainers on Walthamstow High Street has been prosecuted and fined after he was caught out by officers from Waltham Forest Council’s Trading Standards team.


In July 2015 Trading Standards officers paid a visit to a market stall on Walthamstow High Street, after receiving a report that Converse trainers were being sold very cheaply.


The owner of the trainers, Mr Hassan Gulzar, of Cassiobury Road, Walthamstow, could not provide evidence that they had purchased from a reputable source when questioned. The officers seized the trainers and sent them to the trademark representative for testing. This testing confirmed that the trainers were counterfeit.


Mr Gulzar attended Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 8 April 2016, and pleaded guilty to the offence. He was fined £415, ordered to pay costs of £649.28 and a victim surcharge of £42 – a total financial penalty of £1106.28.


Counterfeit goods are often poor quality, meaning residents are likely to be left disappointed if they buy them, even if they are cheaper than the real thing. The sale of counterfeit goods also puts genuine traders at a disadvantage, and on many occasions has been linked to serious organised crime.


Waltham Forest Trading Standards aims to protect honest traders and the local economy as well as providing protection to consumers. People can report fake goods to them at trading.standards@walthamforest.gov.uk

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