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Trading Standards seize fake jewellery worth £200,000

MORE than 800 items of counterfeit jewellery and watches were seized when West Sussex County Council Trading Standard Services officers followed up a tip off in October 2010 about a dealer at an antique fair at the South of England Showground, Ardingly.

After making a test purchase of a Tiffany necklace and bracelet, Trading Standards officers seized approximately 1350 items from the dealer, Anthony Skinner, a scrap metal dealer of High Road, Wilmington, Kent.

They included 878 items of counterfeit jewellery and watches and 472 items of packaging. Fifteen different trademarks were represented, including Tiffany, Gucci, Cartier, Rolex, Versace and Louis Vitton.  

Graeme MacPherson, Head of Trading Standards, said: “The items on display were not priced. However, from the price paid for the necklace and bracelet, the minimum resale value of the goods to the defendant has been calculated as being in excess of £8500.

“The estimated true value to the Trade Mark holders has been calculated as being in excess of £200,000 for the items appearing in their catalogues alone.”

Skinner was fined £975, ordered to pay £450 costs and a £15 victim surcharge when he pleaded guilty at Haywards Heath Magistrates Court on Wednesday November 9 2011 to selling and possessing goods that contravened the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Pete Bradbury, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “As well as conning members of the public, the selling of counterfeit goods impacts on genuine businesses and traders and can have a long term effect on the local economy. Because of this, our Trading Standards Service will always act whenever possible against rogue dealers selling fake items.”