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Issue:- 6 June 2013

Brothers jailed 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 costs. All the defendants share the same address in Clarendon Road, Manchester.  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."

Liverpool motors 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 around.

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 the City.

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