Following the private criminal prosecution by TM Eye and conviction on the 5th March 2019 at Manchester Magistrates Court, of Assad IFTIKHAR, the Home Office have now deported him from the United Kingdom. IFTIKHAR was a criminal trader who operated a criminal enterprise from a warehouse in Great Ducie Street in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’, Strangeways, Manchester.
TM Eye today received the following message from its partners in Operation Challenger at Greater Manchester Police;
”Good news story following a referral from one of our Partners in Challenger.
Project Advenus received a referral from TM-Eye UK – who are authorised to carry out anti-counterfeiting activities in the United Kingdom on behalf of Hugo Boss and Mulberry.
Over a period of time they obtained evidence to form part of a prosecution on a premise in Cheetham Hill, who had been selling counterfeit Mulberry and Hugo Boss products.
On all of the occasions a male identified as Assad IFTIKAR a Pakistan National was identified as a key player in the selling of the counterfeit goods. TM Eye then obtained a summonsed and he subsequently pleaded guilty to all charges.
Following his conviction he was referred to Project Advenus, who identified him as having no leave to remain in the UK. As a result of Project Advenus’s disclosure to the Home Office his Application for further leave to remain in the UK to be refused without the right of Appeal. He was subsequently detained by Dallas ICE Team and removed from the UK in June 2019”.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, ”TM Eye works closely with the Operation Challenger team and Greater Manchester Police to tackle the organised criminality that takes place in and around the Strangeways area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. This public / private enforcement activity has been extremely successful in reducing crime, the prevalence of criminal premises and those engaged in organised crime in the area. Our other partners in Manchester City Council have been able to secure Closure Orders on the back of our convictions.
In in every case we share intelligence with all our partners, including The Border Force and Home Office Immigration Service. Following such a submission Assad Iftikhar was identified and has now been deported. He can no longer continue his criminality in the UK.”
TM Eye have convicted over 100 Criminals during their Operation Mordor set up to tackle the organised crime in ‘Counterfeit Street’.
Asim NAZIR (01/10/1972) of Dobroyd Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 5AD, appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on the 5th September 2019 for sentence, having previously pleaded guilty to four (4) counts of selling counterfeit goods and possessing counterfeit goods for sale, Contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He was sentenced to a 3-week Curfew between 9am and 9pm concurrent on all matters and was ordered to pay £250 towards prosecution costs.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client HUGO BOSS.
NAZIR operated a large substantial warehouse in Lockett Street, Manchester, in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. He sold large amounts of fake clothing, shoes, trainers, perfume, coats, bags, purses, jewellery and leather goods from companies including CHANEL, MICHAEL KORS, NIKE, ADIDAS, BURBERRY, CHRISTIAN DIOR, GUCCI and many others. The prosecution was brought only on behalf of HUGO BOSS and no enforcement action was taken in relation to any other brands at their request.
The case was brought following a deployment on Phase 8 of TM Eye’s Operation MORDOR by undercover detectives from the TM Eye Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by their surveillance team. Test purchases were carried out on the 9th, 10th and 24th May 2019. Covert filming of the premises and test purchases were carried out and this evidence led to the prosecution and conviction.
NAZIR had ‘spotters’ operating at both the entrance door and at the door to his unit. They had key fobs for electronic steel shutters that could be closed in 5 seconds as they walked away securing the premises from law enforcement. Spotters on the street were present to give advance warning by a series of loud whistles. The door was reinforced with steel plates to prevent entry by police.
TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,”These latest convictions were the result of Phase 8 of our Operation MORDOR tackling organised crime in and around the Strangeways area of Manchester, known as ‘Counterfeit Street’.
NAZIR ran a substantial criminal enterprise selling vast numbers of fake goods from a wide variety of brands.
This conviction is the latest in a series of prosecutions by TM Eye in the area that has dramatically reduced offending in the area and shut down hundreds of criminal premises. TM Eye has convicted over 100 criminal traders in this area. TM Eye will continue to prosecute anyone who sells goods that impact on our clients brands”.
TM Eye has convicted over 500 criminals by way of private criminal prosecutions and has a 100% conviction rate. 13% of those convicted received custodial sentences. All convictions are recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) and all those convicted have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken by police for police indices.