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Issue:- 4 October  2012

Shop owner had fake goods for sale

A SHOPKEEPER who had counterfeit goods with leading brand names for sale in his city centre shop has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Zhen Jiang Chen, aged 27, of Verwood Drive, Croxteth Park, pleaded guilty to 14 Trade Mark Act offences at Liverpool Crown Court and was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £2,680 costs.

The court heard that Trading Standards Officers visited MooMoo a small shop in the Grand Central Station Complex in September last year. Counterfeit goods were clearly on display and a large amount of fake Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Chanel, Cartier and Hermes jewellery, bags, scarves and accessories, were seized with an estimated genuine street value of more than £83,000.

Mr Chen said he had taken over the business when the previous owner had returned to China owing him a lot of wages. She had told him to take over the shop and stock in lieu of payment.

He said that he did not know that the goods were fake so he had continued to sell them. He added that he bought the "Chanel" jewellery and some "Cartier" and "Hermes" jewellery from a man who came to the shop and had paid £400 cash without a receipt and been given 120 pieces. They had been selling for £48 each with the "Vivienne Westwood" bags for £60 each and the scarves for between £10 and £20. It was estimated that he stood to make £11,500 profit from the sale of the goods.

In sentencing, Mr Recorder A.P. Long said legitimate traders suffer as well as brand holders and a clear message must be sent out that offences of this sort carry a prison sentence.

Councillor Tim Moore, Liverpool City Council cabinet member, said:- "The trade in counterfeit goods undermines legitimate retailers and threatens the economic regeneration of the city and it is well known that the money generated from this type of activity can fund organised crime. This sentence has sent out a strong message that counterfeiting is not tolerated in Liverpool."


MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses and information following an incident during which a man was racially abused.  At about 10.15pm on Sunday, 9 September 2012, the victim was with a friend at the Shell service station in Cremona Corner, Waterloo when a man shouted racial abuse at him.  The offender is described as being white, about 24 years old, 6ft tall with a stocky build and light brown hair. He was wearing long shorts, white trainers and a light coloured T-shirt. It is thought that he was with another man described as being white, 5ft 7in tall with a stocky build and light brown hair.  Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on:- 0151 777 3020 or call Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

Heart health more important than ever

ON World Heart Day, local Euro MP Brian Simpson joined other members of the European Parliament's MEP Heart Group to raise awareness about the importance of heart health.

Commonly known as CVD (cardiovascular disease), diseases of the heart and circulatory system are currently the leading cause of death in Europe, claiming 5,000 lives each day.

Mr Simpson said:- "Heart related mortality has been declining over the past 30 years but CVD remains the top killer, and we're likely to see a rise in CVD deaths in the future."

Recent projections indicate that without intervention, risk factors including tobacco, alcohol, poor diet, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes; as well as the ageing of the population; will lead to an increase in cases of CVD across Europe over the next 15 years.

Mr Simpson said:- "The sad fact is, if the UK continues down its current path, 3.2 million people will be dead because of heart disease by 2030. And the even sadder fact is that up to 80% of premature CVD deaths could be prevented through risk management and intervention policies. Future deaths by CVD are not inevitable and at this time heart health really is more important than ever."

Brian Simpson MEP is encouraging people to take action against heart disease by following the World Heart Foundation's four main tips:- Get Active, Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet, Say 'No' to Tobacco, and Know Your Numbers when it comes to portion sizes and salt intake.

Mr Simpson said:- "Small changes can make a huge difference when it comes to heart health. 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week can lower your risk of stroke and heart disease, as can avoiding smoking and second hand smoke. Swapping sweets for fruit and watching your salt intake can also help improve heart health.  By understanding the risks, we can all help prevent the future impact of heart disease and make heart-healthy choices from childhood and throughout adulthood.   But it is also up to policymakers to work to fight this disease. Each year, CVD causes thousands of premature deaths in the UK, where spending on healthcare and non-healthcare related costs generated by cardiovascular disease has reached 21 billion yearly. Clearly, tackling CVD should be a top priority in all areas of relevant legislation"

MEPs will soon be revising laws on tobacco products, which Brian Simpson and his European Labour Party colleagues view as a key opportunity for addressing tobacco-related CVD.  "The MEP Heart Group is working to reduce the impact of CVD in Europe, and one obvious way we can do this is by pushing for non-branded tobacco packaging featuring strong health warnings and pictures demonstrating the life-threatening damage that smoking can cause."

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