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Parshotam SINGH of Dunedin Way, Hayes, Middlesex appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court on 12 October 2016, charged with five (5) offences of selling counterfeit goods, contrary to Section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to a fine of £150.00 on each matter, totalling £750.00. He was also required to pay a £20 victims surcharge and £600 towards prosecution investigation costs.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client HUGO BOSS.

 

The conviction follows a two month pro active covert operation by TM Eye at KEMPTON PARK  and BOVINGDON markets. TM Eye undercover operatives carried out test purchases of fake HUGO BOSS goods on 7th and 14th January and 4th February 2016 at KEMPTON PARK market and at BOVINGDON market on the 6th February 2016. This evidence led to the criminal case being brought.

 

SINGH will now be required to attend a police station to have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken, to be recorded on police databases. The conviction is now recorded on the Police National Computer and if he re offends will be used to provide evidence of his criminality.

 

TM Eye has convicted over 230 persons in private criminal prosecutions. Fifteen (15) traders have been convicted at KEMPTON PARK market by TM Eye in private criminal prosecutions in the past 12 months and over 50 traders have been convicted at BOVINGDON market in that same period.

 

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On Saturday 8 October 2016, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) rounded up eleven (11) of those convicted by TM Eye in phase one and phase two of Operation MORDOR, in order for them to have their fingerprints, photographs, antecedents and DNA taken.

 

All eleven were taken to a custody area within GMP’s Custody Suite where they were formally processed.

 

Their convictions are already recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) as a result of the MOU that exists between TM Eye and The Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office (ACRO). Their biometric data is now recorded alongside those convictions.

 

TM Eye director David McKelvey said,” I would like to thank Greater Manchester Police for all their help in identifying these criminals and bringing them to justice. Operation MORDOR is a perfect example of partnership work and the real outcomes that can be achieved.

 

I would particularly thank Sergeant Darren THOMASON and DCI Chris MOSSOP and their teams for all the assistance that they have given to make Operation MORDOR such a success.

 

Together with Manchester City Council and the Intellectual Property Office Intelligence Hub, there is now a real impetus to tackle organised crime in the Strangeways area known as ‘counterfeit street’.

 

There is a clear change in atmosphere in the area with the criminals and organised criminal gangs now facing real outcomes in the form of criminal convictions and potential prison sentences.”

 

To date TM Eye has convicted twenty (20) prolific and organised criminals operating in the Strangeways area of Manchester as part of Operation Mordor. A further five (5) area awaiting court proceedings. Other suspects have yet to be served with criminal summons.

 

All those convicted by TM Eye have their fingerprints, photographs, antecedents and DNA taken.

 

TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 230 private criminal prosecutions.

 

TM Eye attend both the strategic and tactical meetings tackling gang and organised crime in the Strangeways area of Manchester.