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Abdul QUDDUS, born 19.02.74 residing at Woodlands Road, Manchester. M8 0QJ, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on 28th March 2018. He had previously pleaded guilty to three (3) offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994 on 2nd March 2018. Due to the non availability of an interpreter the case was adjourned until 3rd May 2018 in order that a pre sentence report could be obtained.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients Apple UK, representing Beats, and another well known luxury brand.

 

QUDDUS operated a substantial criminal operation based at a warehouse in Harris Street, Manchester. He sold a wide variety of fake goods including clothing, shoes, trainers, watches, jewellery, perfume, leather goods and electrical goods from a number of luxury and well known brands including Nike, Adidas, Kenzo, Armani, D&G, Superdry, North Face, Moncler, Canada Goose and many others. No enforcement action was taken on behalf of these brands.

 

The conviction follows Phase 3 of Operation Mordor, TM Eye’s covert infiltration activity tackling organised crime and criminals in and around the area known as “counterfeit Street’ in Manchester.

 

TM Eye undercover operatives from their Dedicated Undercover Unit, supported by a surveillance team, carried out three covert test purchases of fake goods from QUDDUS between 5th July 2017 and 27 September 2017. All the test purchases were filmed covertly and formed the evidence upon which the prosecution was based. This evidence was ‘overwhelming’ and led to the plea of guilty and conviction.

 

On 19th October 2017, TM Eye detectives supported by Greater Manchester Police attended the premises controlled by QUDDUS. The warehouse was protected by ‘spotters’ with back to back radios, steel doors and steel shutters remotely controlled by fobs operated by guards at each door. Having secured entry QUDDUS was identified at the premises and arrested for immigration offences. On being searched he was found to be in possession of over £2,000.00 cash, the takings from a couple of hours trading in fake goods at the premises.

 

 

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”We await the sentence on 3rd May 2018 for QUDDUS who was a significant player in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’.

 

TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 400 private criminal prosecution cases.

 

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Eshan Nuri, born 10/11/1979 residing at Markfield Avenue, Manchester, M13 9AL, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on 28th March 2018, charged with five (5) offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. Nuri pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to a 12 Month Community Order to include 120 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £400.00 costs. All goods seized were forfeited by the court and a destruction order granted.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients Mulberry and another well known luxury brand.

 

The conviction follows Phase 3 of TM Eye’s Operation Mordor tackling organised crime in the area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’.

 

Between 7th June 2017 and 26th September 2017, TM Eye’s dedicated undercover unit supported by its surveillance team, carried out five covert test purchases of fake goods from Eshan Nuri who  operated a large warehouse on the 1st floor of premises in Harris Street. Nuri sold counterfeit goods from a wide variety of brands including Michael Kors, Chanel, Gucci, YSL, Superdry, Nike, UGG, MAC, D&G, and many others. No prosecution or enforcement action was taken in relation to any of these brands. Intelligence was forwarded to the Intellectual Property Office Intelligence Hub for the attention of the companies brand protection officers or their representatives who do not suppprt Private Criminal  Prosecutions.

 

The evidence gathered by means of covert filming led to the prosecution and conviction of Nuri.

 

Nuri operated a sophisticated criminal enterprise using ‘spotters’ on the doors of his premises and in the street with back to back radios and mobile phones to alert Nuri of any enforcement activity. The door of the premises was secured with steel shutters and reinforced. A ‘rabbit warren’ of escape routes had illegally been fitted in the premises in breach of planning conditions and presented a significant fire risk. TM Eye’s undercover operatives deployed at great risk to themselves to gather evidence of Nuri’s criminality. At the slightest hint of police activity Nuri and other criminal traders in ‘Counterfeit Street’ secure their premises locking customers inside for the duration until they feel safe. Despite the risks, and with the support of Greater Manchester Police TM Eye were able to secure vital evidence, identify Nuri and prosecute him leading to the conviction.

 

TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 400 Private Criminal Prosecutions. Over 50 convictions have been secured against criminal traders in the area known as ‘Counterfeit street’.