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Trading Standards strike off fakes at Carling Cup

A Wembley based trader was fined £1,000 by Brent Magistrates and ordered to pay the London Boroughs of Brent & Harrow Trading Standards Service £500 in prosecution costs on 21 February 2012 after he was found to be selling counterfeit scarves to unsuspecting football fans ahead of the 2011 Carling Cup Final.

Mr Jason Proctorfrom Runway Close, London, who trades outside Wembley Stadium on event days under the name “Aerozone Trading Company”, pleaded guilty to selling trade mark infringing scarves contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994.

The court heard that Trading Standards had made previous seizures from Mr Proctor’s stalls outside the national stadium, before a quantity of infringing scarves was seized by Trading Standards on the day of the 2011 Carling Cup Final on 27th February 2011.  An expert was later able to confirm that these scarves infringed the intellectual property rights of Arsenal FC.

Bill Bilon, Head of Consumer & Business Protection said, “My officers  work regularly before and after large events that take place within the vicinity of Wembley Stadium, targeting illegal street traders and those selling unsafe and counterfeit goods.  This is another excellent outcome resulting from our work in this area. Fans visiting Wembley have a right to expect that the goods that they buy from traders in the area are genuine, and my officers will remain vigilant in stamping out this illegal trade.”