Northampton man's haul of coats fake perfume and Man United shirts worth up to £35,000

The items included over 100 bottles of fake Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and 70 Ralph Lauren coats.
The items included over 100 bottles of fake Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and 70 Ralph Lauren coats.

A Northampton man has been fined for possessing counterfeit goods worth up to £35,000.

The list of items included over 100 bottles of fake Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume, 70 Ralph Lauren coats. and 29 Manchester United football shirts.

Roy Leah, 62, of Woodland Close, Duston, planned to sell some of the items around local pubs.

Councillor André Gonzalez de Savage, cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “This is a great result for our trading standards team and it demonstrates that unlawful trading will not be tolerated in Northamptonshire.

The items were seized during a police raid at his son’s house in Stanhope Road, Northampton, in January 2016. Leah later admitted the haul belonged to him.

He had previously been caught selling counterfeit goods from the boot of his car in December 2015.

The full list of items included 31 Jo Malone candles, 18 bottles of Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume, 13 pouches of Amber Leaf hand rolling tobacco, 70 Ralph Lauren coats and 29 Manchester United football shirts.

The genuine items would have been worth a total of £35,000.

Councillor Gonzalez de Savage said: "I would urge people not to buy counterfeit goods and only use reputable traders. It may be tempting to buy what appear to be authentic items at a low price, but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

“If you have information about the sale of counterfeit items, you can report it to Trading Standards, anonymously if preferred, by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Leah, who admitted six offences contravening the Trade Marks Act, was fined £1,724 including court costs of £1,060 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on February 7th.