Ali Harris (born 29.03.1998) appeared at Manchester Magistrates court on 5th March 2019, charged with three (3) offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters.
Ali Harris was ordered to pay an £80 fine, £50 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its luxury goods clients
Harris sold a wide variety of fake luxury goods from a shop on Sherborne Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’.
Detectives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit undertook three covert test purchases between the 29th October 2018 and 23rd November 2018 from Harris at the premises. There were significant numbers of fake goods in the premises for sale. Guards protected the door to the premises with electronic key fobs to fortify the premises with metal shutters in the event of enforcement activity and spotters with back radios kept watch on both the street and roof tops.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”This is another conviction of a principal involved in the organised criminality that takes place in and around the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. TM Eye have convicted over 100 such criminals in recent years with a significant impact on the number of shops and premises openly selling fake goods. There is still a lot of work to be done but the partnership approach with GMP and Manchester City Council is starting to see tangible results.
Our convictions have allowed the Council to obtain Closure Orders and the police are now targeting the criminal assets of those involved.
TM Eye will continue to target those who commit crime in this area.”