Market trader sold fake Liverpool kits in St Helens

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard.

A man who was found selling fake football kits - including Liverpool FC shirts - has been handed an eight curfew order and told all his dodgy gear will be destroyed.

Eric Burt, 69, of Tarbock Road, Huyton appeared before St Helens Magistrates Court on Tuesday, November 5, accused of selling a wide range of fake football shirts and kits and Earlestown Market, in 2012.

St Helens Council trading standards officers had been called to the market, following a complaint made by a stallholder to the market managers.

Officers found Burt selling adult replica shirts for £15 and kids football kits for £12, in the colours of many popular teams, such as Liverpool, Manchester Utd, Real Madrid, Barcelona and England.

Examination of the 117 football kits/shirts on sale confirmed that they were all counterfeit.

The officers later received a complaint from a resident who had bought three of the kids kits for her grandchildren and was very disappointed, having paid £20 for each kit, when the lettering came off the first time the clothes were washed.

Burt had been a regular stall holder at the Saturday Flea Market and had started selling the football kits at the Friday Market, which he had purchased from an internet trader in the far east, when he had been unable to sell them to members of a Liverpool FC supporters club he was involved with.

In sentencing Burt, who had pleaded guilty, the Magistrates made clear the seriousness of the matter and suggested that the market trader must have known what he was doing, given the substantial amount of goods involved.

Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron, Cabinet Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods said: “Selling fake goods is a real problem. While the detriment to the customer is often obvious, in that the products are poor quality, it may not be apparent that some items, such as electrical goods are also unsafe.

“Counterfeit goods reduce the profits made by legitimate companies, which leads to lower wages and job losses in our own economy, as well as losses in tax revenue, which lead to less funding being available for public spending, such as healthcare and housing. It is also known that counterfeiters are linked with serious organised crime, with the sale of counterfeits being used to launder cash made from crimes such as drugs and people trafficking.”

Anyone who has concerns over the sale of fake goods should contact Trading Standards on 01744 676304 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.