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Belfast retailer fined for selling counterfeit jewellery

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

A Belfast Trader selling counterfeit Tiffany & Co, Links of London, Pandora, Gucci and Playboy jewellery was today fined a total of £500.00 (plus costs) at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mrs June Ruddy, pleaded guilty to five charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994, nine charges under the Hallmarking Act 1973 and one charge under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

In October 2009, Trading Standards Officers visited Mrs Ruddy at her stall in St Georges Market, Belfast, where they found the counterfeit necklaces and bracelets bearing the Tiffany & Co, Links of London, Pandora and Gucci registered trademarks on sale.

A further visit to Mrs Ruddy's stall was carried out in November 2009, when they discovered jewellery described as sterling silver on sale. These items were seized and forwarded to the Assay Office in London for testing. The jewellery items were found to have been manufactured from base metal, a copper and zinc alloy and then completely silver plated.

A spokesperson for Trading Standards Service said: “Counterfeit goods are a big business and a drain on the economy. Consumers should always check any silver, gold, platinum or palladium jewellery they’re buying is properly hallmarked to ensure they are getting the genuine article."

Consumers who suspect they may have purchased counterfeit goods or unhallmarked jewellery, should report it to Consumerline on tel: 0300 123 62 62 / 028 9025 3900 or log onto the Consumerline website.

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