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A shoe shop boss has landed a hefty fine after hundreds of fake branded trainers were seized from his business with a street value of more than £60,000.

Trading standards ran a sting operation at GP Footwear WM, in High Street, Dudley, and found boxes of fake Nike and Adidas trainers.

Genuine branded trainers would cost between £50 and £170, but the counterfeit trainers being sold at the shop were advertised at £20 to £40.

Officers confiscated 602 pairs of trainers from the shop.

Shop boss, Sukhwant Singh, pleaded guilty to four breaches of the Trade Marks Act at Wolverhampton magistrates court on October 5.

He was given a curfew order which means he has to stay at home between 7pm and 7am. He was also ordered to pay a £1,000 fine, £1,800 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. The court ordered him to pay the £2,885 total within 14 days.

Councillor Peter Miller, cabinet member responsible for trading standards, said:

“This sends out a clear message that we will do everything we can to protect the public and legitimate businesses from fake goods. Often these counterfeit products are poorly made which short changes the customer. We will always prosecute those people who operate above the law and hoodwink the general public.”

GP Footwear WM is no longer trading in Dudley.

News Release Contact Information

Chris Howes - 01384 815219 - pressoffice@dudley.gov.uk