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Trader guilty of selling counterfeit items on Facebook

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A Facebook seller has pleaded guilty to 15 charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994. Dipesh Tailor, 40, of Redhill, used local Bracknell, Crowthorne and Wokingham Facebook selling groups to sell counterfeit items.

The case was investigated by officers from the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) who test purchased items from Tailor in July and August 2018. Tailor, using an alias of Patrick Murphy, sold 5 items to officers which were subsequently confirmed to be counterfeit Nike, Armani and Chanel items.

Following the test purchases, a joint operation with Thames Valley Police took place and Tailor was arrested. A search of his vehicle revealed a further 31 counterfeit items.

Tailor pleaded guilty to 15 of 18 offences on Friday, 17 January at Reading Magistrates Court in proceedings brought by Bracknell Forest Council and prosecuted by the PPP Joint Case Management Unit.

Cllr John Harrison Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection said: 

“The sale of counterfeit goods is unlawful and unacceptable. It undermines legitimate business which in the end affects us all. This investigation and subsequent conviction has highlighted the risks those selling counterfeit goods take and I would advise anyone who is thinking of doing so to think twice.”

Any resident wishing to report the sale of counterfeit items is urged to contact tsadvice@westberks.gov.uk. Further advice can be found on the PPP website.