Talking West Cheshire

Trading Standards cracks down on counterfeit DVDs and albums

3 June 2010

Cheshire West and Chester’s Trading Standards crackdown on counterfeit DVDs and music has resulted in the successful prosecution of an Ellesmere Port resident.

Kim Hayden-Sadler, of 11 Bunbury Green, Ellesmere Port, pleaded guilty to eight Counts of possessing more than 500 counterfeit DVDs and over 900 counterfeit music albums, with a view to their sale or distribution.

At Chester Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday), he was sentenced to a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, together with a Community Order of 200 hours.

The prosecution follows a raid on his property by Trading Standard Officers and Police in September 2009, where the counterfeit goods and equipment were seized.

Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Community and Environment, said: “The illegal sale of counterfeit DVDs and music albums causes significant losses to the film and music industries, as His Honour Judge Stephen Clark recognised in court today and is an issue that we take very seriously.

“I am pleased with the outcome of this prosecution and hope that it will serve as a warning to any other counterfeit goods distributors operating in our area.”

Anyone wishing to report counterfeit goods distribution can contact Trading Standards via Consumer Direct on 0845 4040 506.