Community Service For Selling Fake Poppies

Posted on November 15, 2018

A market trader has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work after admitting selling unofficial poppies for profit. Barry Downs, 64, was caught by Trading Standards selling the brooches for £2.99 each on Stanley Market, County Durham, in the run-up to Remembrance Day 2017. He was found to have 287 poppy brooches on his stall and a further 182 in his car parked beside it. Some were Scottish poppies with four leaves, while others had two leaves, Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court was told. Mr Downs admitted seven offences under the Trademark Act and has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, handed investigation and prosecution costs of £950 and a victim’s surcharge of £85. After the case, Peter Milne, Community Fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in County Durham, urged people to buy official poppy products. Leaving court, Mr Downs said: “I apologise profusely, it happened unintentionally. “If I had realised I would not have got involved with it.”  Sarah Griggor, for Durham County Council, showed magistrates examples of the brooches that he was selling. She said trading standards Officers visited Stanley Market on November 2 last year after they received complaints.

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