Harrogate man was selling ‘rubbish’ fake trainers

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“RUBBISH” counterfeit goods, from Ugg flip-flops to Adidas tracksuits, have landed a Harrogate man with 180 hours of community service.

John Douglas Brook, 32, was arrested in September after a raid at his Walworth Avenue home.

Police uncovered three large boxes of fake goods, including Nike and Yoji Yamamoto trainers and a number of bags full of Adidas tops, bottoms and tracksuits.

All were found to be counterfeit. An Adidas representative said the quality of the counterfeit clothing was poor and below the usual low standard.

Despite this, it is believed that Brook was still asking around £8 to £9 for the clothing and £25 for the footwear.

Brook was found guilty of handling counterfeit merchandise and was sentenced at York Crown Court on June 10 to 180hrs of unpaid work, which he must complete within the next year.

Det Con Kirsten Aldridge, of Harrogate CID, said: “I am pleased with this outcome. Brook admitted to the officers investigating the case that the items he was selling to friends and family were in his own words, rubbish.”