TWO Bridlington traders have ended up in court for possession of counterfeit goods including jewellery and handbags which they planned to sell on Facebook.
Diane Brown and John Lannen, of North Back Lane have been brought before Bridlington Magistrates Court after being charged with 11 offences of being in possession of counterfeit goods which they intended to sell to the public during December last year.
Brown and Lannen pleaded guilty to all the charges which were brought by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and also asked for a further 14 offences to be taken into consideration.
The court heard how the council’s trading standards service received several complaints during 2011 from consumers who had been sold counterfeit goods in the Bridlington area.
Investigations of these complaints revealed that a considerable amount of counterfeit goods were being sold on Facebook by at least one individual who was already known to trading standards.
During December 2011, an operation was undertaken by the service at premises on West Street and North Back Lane, Bridlington.
This found that the defendants were found to be in possession of a considerable amount of counterfeit clothing, jewellery, footwear and handbags with the intention of selling them on.
The magistrates told the defendants that the matters were very serious and adjourned the case until Tuesday November 13 for probation reports to be prepared before sentencing.
Councillor Jackie Cracknell, cabinet portfolio holder for community partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council takes these matters very seriously, if you suspect anyone else to be participating in this type of illegal activity please report them to trading standards on (01482) 396301.”