A MARKET trader was hauled before the courts for selling illicit copies of Jean Paul Gaultier’s perfume.
Harold McCaslin, 67, was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1,200 costs after he was caught with the items on Earlestown Market.
McCaslin, of Heath Charnock, Chorley, was found selling a ‘Blue for Men’ product - a copy of the well known Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Le male’, which has a distinctive torso shaped bottle.
Trading standards officers also found copies of Dolce and Gabanna perfumes on his stall along with other products, some of which contained undeclared, allergenic ingredients.
McCaslin was a director of a Manchester-based company that imported the perfume direct from China - and had failed to produce any evidence of the required safety checks.
Councillor Richard McCauley, cabinet Member for Environmental Protection and Safer Communities, said: “It’s important to remove counterfeit products like these from sale, as we cannot be assured of their safety.
“Fake perfumes on our local market are the tip of an iceberg.
“The sale of illict copies of branded goods causes harm to our local economy and the profits from their sale are known to fund serious organised crime.”
If you have any concerns about copy perfumes or other products on sale, contact the Trading Standards Section on 01744 676353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.