East End street market trader admits selling fake ‘designer’ goods

A market trader has been given a suspended prison sentence for selling fake goods to shoppers in two street markets in London’s East End.

Jagat Singh was selling ‘top brands’ including Polo, Armani, Adidas, Fred Perry, Burberry, Lyle & Scott and Nike.

But they all bore forged labels—the goods weren’t genuine.

His merchandise was seized when Tower Hamlets trading standards officers raided his stalls in Roman Road and Chrisp Street markets.

Singh pleaded guilty to offences under the 1994 Trade Marks Act when he appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

He was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment—which was suspended for two years.

Tower Hamlets council said after the hearing that the case “sends out a strong message that selling fake goods won’t be tolerated.”

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Deputy Mayor Ohid Ahmed warned: “The council will use the full force of the law to stop fraudsters operating in the East End.”

Singh, from Ripple Road in Barking, is now subject to a Proceeds of Crime financial investigation. He returns to court on April 19 where his assets are likely to be seized.