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On 31 May 2018, Gary Williams appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court charged with four (4) offences of Supplying goods which fail to comply with a provision of Part 2 of The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, contrary Regulation 48 of The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. He pleaded guilty to all matters and was fined £180.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of Japanese Tobacco International (JTI).

 

The case follows a four month covert investigation by TM Eye into the sale of illicit tobacco products sold in the vicinity of White Hart Lane Boot sale in Wood Green London N17.

 

This area is very popular with a large number of customers and shoppers throughout the year and operates on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

 

Between the 10 September 2017 and 25 March 2018, four purchases were made of illicit tobacco related products, including Amber Leaf and Golden Virginia rolling tobacco from Gary Williams. Each purchase was video recorded and formed the basis of the evidence leading to the conviction.

 

 

 

 

Williams operated his criminal activity by placing a cardboard box on the pavement with branded tobacco on top to attract the public. Customers and traders then purchased quantities of illicit Tobacco goods from him.

 

 

 

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said “Those engaged in the sale of illicit tobacco now risk being caught and convicted by TM Eye. We will robustly prosecute those who engage in the manufacture, sale and supply of illicit tobacco on behalf of JTI in order to reduce offending.”

 

Charlie Cunningham-Reid, UK Head of Corporate Affairs for JTI, said

 

“We welcome the decision made by the Court in this case. This is the first time JTI has been directly involved in the private prosecution of a criminal selling illegal tobacco. It marks a further step forward in the company’s commitment to help tackle the problem of illegal tobacco and we will not hesitate to take similar action in future.”

 

Williams will have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police and the conviction will be recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC).

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On 10 August 2018, a company ORIGINAL EDGE ACCESSORIES LTD based at Unit 1 Southall Enterprise Centre, Bridge Road, Southall, UB24AE and its Director MAHBUBUR RAHMAN ENUS of Sanders Close, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, appeared at St Albans Crown Court charged with  eight (8) offences of selling counterfeit electrical goods. Both the company and its director pleaded guilty to all matters.

 

The company ORIGINAL EDGE ACCESSORIES was fined £6,250.00 and ordered to pay costs of £68,000.00. Mr ENUS was fined £2,500.00.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client Apple (Europe) Ltd.

 

Th case follows a year long TM Eye investigation into the activities of the company which was involved in the wholesale supply of fake Apple lightening cables, plugs, ear pods and batteries across Europe. Four (4) substantial covert test purchases were undertaken between 13 December 2016 and 18 March 2017 at the premises. All the test purchases were filmed and formed the basis of the evidence. This was supported by email and documentary evidence.

 

  

 

An examination of the counterfeit electrical products showed them to be substandard and danegrous.

 

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “This case was a substantial result. TM Eye on behalf of Apple have convicted a principal wholesale supplier of fake Apple goods across Europe and the UK.

 

These goods were sub standard copies and potentially dangerous. The batteries were examined by our Fire Risk Laboratory and found to be a real fire risk. You cannot buy Apple batteries in the open market. They can only be bought through Apple shops or authorised outlets when being repaired. The public should not buy anything that purports to be an Apple battery other than through the authorised outlets as they put their lives and those of their families at risk. They also render the phones warranty void. If anyone has any concerns about items for sale by such companies or online they should speak with their local Apple shop.

 

The company has now stopped selling Apple goods and the Director risks imprisonment should he re offend.”