Fake clothing seller in Mansfield snared in shop raids

A DESIGNER clothes shop owner has been convicted for selling fake t-shirts, jumpers, jeans and underwear at his Mansfield town centre store.

David Butler (42), proprietor of the former Rax Clothing, on White Hart Street, was hit with a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

Butler, of Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, was prosecuted after Trading Standards officers raided the shop and searched his van two years ago.

They seized 562 suspected counterfeit items, including All Saints t-shirts, Lyle and Scott jumpers, G Star jeans and Calvin Klein underwear.

Butler admitted the trade mark offences when he appeared for a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court last week.

And after the case, Coun Mick Murphy, Nottinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “The sale of counterfeit goods misleads the public and costs law-abiding retailers and manufacturers millions every year.

“Many fake goods are also of a severely inferior quality.

“We hope this case sends a clear message to other retailers or traders that Nottinghamshire County Council trading standards will come down hard on anyone we discover selling counterfeit goods.

“We will also be seeking to recover proceeds of crime in this case, which if successful will be used to help fund future trading standards operations and legal action.”

A proceeds of crime hearing is now listed to take place in September.

Unless there is an appeal, after a period of time the counterfeit clothes which were seized will have all logos removed or covered up and be handed to charities for distribution in Third World countries.

A council spokesman said this week that Rax Clothing is no longer in business.

If you suspect anyone of selling counterfeit goods contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.