for selling fake goods
4 brothers who sold
counterfeit goods at Liverpool markets have been given prison
sentences. They admitted the offences which involved fake
clothes, footwear and mobile phone covers.
Raza Hassan, aged 21, who owned the stalls pleaded guilty at
Liverpool Crown Court to 34 counts of offering counterfeit goods for
sale and was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment on each count to
run concurrently and ordered to pay £1,500 towards costs.
Irfan Hassan, aged 26, who had helped run the stalls pleaded guilty
to 33 counts of offering counterfeit goods for sale and was
sentenced to 8 months on each count to run concurrently and ordered
to pay £1,000 towards costs.
Murtarza Hassan, aged 24, who pleaded guilty to 6 counts of offering
counterfeit good for sale was sentenced to 6 months on each count to
run concurrently and ordered to pay £500 towards costs.
Furqaan Hassan, aged 22, pleaded guilty to one count relating to
running a stall selling counterfeit mobile phone covers but who was
still subject to an outstanding suspended sentence for similar
offences was sentence to 10 months and ordered to pay £1,000 towards
All the defendants share the same address in Clarendon Road,
The Court heard that on 7 occasions between July 2011 and March
2012 Trading Standards Officers found counterfeit clothing, footwear
and mobile phone covers for sale at stalls in St John's and Broadway
market and at the Fone Gaff in Williamson Street, owned by the family.
In total 640 items of clothing, 79 pairs of trainers and 432 mobile
phone covers were seized during this period. The goods seized were
ordered to be forfeited for destruction.
In sentencing Judge Lewis said that after three visits by officers
the brothers should have been aware that Trading Standards were on
to them and that they had an almost impudent disregard for the law.
John McHale, Head of Liverpool Trading Standards, said:-
"These were persistent offenders who continued to sell counterfeit
goods despite Trading Standards officers regularly visiting their
stalls and seizing goods . This family were given every opportunity
to trade legally but chose to continue with this criminal activity.
The sale of counterfeit goods undermines legitimate traders and
impacts on the economic growth of this City. The vast majority of
market traders deal legitimately and they will welcome these
convictions and sentences."
ahead with Car Club
LIVERPOOL is to re-launch
its car hire scheme, offering thousands of people hassle free,
pay by the hour City centre motoring.
The re-establishment of the Liverpool Car Club will offer the
increasing number of people living, working and visiting the City
centre a low carbon, low cost and more flexible way of getting
The Car Club will offer cars for hire by members 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, with vehicles parked in convenient locations
around the heart of the City. The project forms part of the Council's drive to widen the choices of sustainable travel around
Liverpool and reduce congestion.
The Council is now beginning the search for an operator for the
scheme, and aims to have it up-and-running by the end of the year.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor
Tim Moore, said:- "Our City centre is thriving, which means
it's busier than ever. We want to make sure travel is as easy and
convenient as possible for people, whether they are attending
business meetings, travelling from train and bus stations to their
place of work or visiting our many attractions. I'm confident
the Car Club will be a real success, and will build on the other
work we are doing; including our cycle hire scheme; to build
sustainable transport into everyday life in Liverpool. It will give
more people access to a car, but at the same time will help reduce
congestion and pollution by encouraging people to make shorter
journeys by car."
It is expected that the car club scheme will focus on short business
trips; trips in conjunction with public transport; and trips made by
City centre workers, residents, tourists and students. Also
they hope that the scheme will have a proportion of electric
vehicles for hire and will also offer facilities for charging
low-carbon vehicles. The successful operator will be
expected to initially run the car club for 3 years, and it is expected that the scheme will
quickly expand, with more bays, to become a long term facility for