05:23PM, Wednesday 10 February 2016
A shop and cafe based in one of Windsor’s tourist hotspots has been convicted of selling knock-off goods.
Mahmud Ahmed, owner of the Alexandra Gardens-based Piara Shop and Garden Cafe, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court following an investigation by the borough’s trading standards team.
The court heard how on September 16, 2014, trading standards officers sized more than £4,000 worth of fake goods including t-shirts, lighters and One Direction branded mobile phone covers from the shop.
Ahmed pleaded guilty to nine charges under the Trade Marks Act and a forfeiture order was made so the items could be seized and destroyed.
The court was told that Ahmed had bought the fake goods from ‘unscrupulous suppliers’ and had been ignorant of the law.
The 72-year-old shop owner was fined £1,335.
The sentencing took place on Friday, January 15.
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