Manchester United and Chelsea fakers face payback rap

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ocean Boulevard
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ocean Boulevard
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Trading standards officers raided a Blackpool business run by two women following a tip off from football’s Premier League.

Football chiefs were worried that Karen Bowe and Andrea Wilson were selling counterfeit goods bearing the names of top clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United.

Bowe, 41, of Chain Lane, Whitestake, Preston and Andrea Wilson, 41, of Bannister Drive, Leyland both admitted eight trade mark offences when they appeared before Blackpool Magistrates.

Sharon Davies, prosecuting, for Blackpool Council said the women ran an outlet called Gold Couture from premises on Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool leased from Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The duo were sent to Preston Crown Court for sentence where Proceeds of Crime Act legislation will commence against them.

The prosecutor said the retail unit was raided as a result of a complaints by the Premier League worried about the sale of counterfeitgoods at the outlet and also via the Internet using eBay.

Officers seized 800 items bearing false trademarks - about 90 per cent of the total stock of mobile phone accessories. Paulo Passorini, defending, said the two women only had a tenancy for two months and had hoped that the mobile phone items would act as an attraction to get the public into the shop where the two women mended and sold mobile phones.

He said: “They put what money they never really had into this business but the profits were minimal and I can tell this court the Proceeds of Crime application will reveal the two accused have hardly a penny between

them.

“They were trying to get by in life and bought items off the Internet for pennies to re sell at a tiny profit.”