Businessman man admits pirating goods

AN Ipswich businessman has admitted pirating goods after raids on his home and a lock-up netted thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit items.The fake goods included 270 pairs of Nike trainers and 44 Nike tracksuits, Dolce and Gabbana jeans, Adidas and Lacoste tracksuits, Van Dutch baseball caps, Timberland boots and a jacket and a Burberry jacket, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

AN Ipswich businessman has admitted pirating goods after raids on his home and a lock-up netted thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit items.

The fake goods included 270 pairs of Nike trainers and 44 Nike tracksuits, Dolce and Gabbana jeans, Adidas and Lacoste tracksuits, Van Dutch baseball caps, Timberland boots and a jacket and a Burberry jacket, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Before the court was Mark Beadsworth, 33, who pleaded guilty to 13 offences of possessing goods bearing an unauthorised trademark.

Beadsworth, who owns BNE Limos, a company which includes a converted fire engine and an armoured personnel carrier, will now be sentenced in September.


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Judge John Holt adjourned told Beadsworth that he would not pass an immediate prison sentence on him.

Matthew Gowen prosecuting said that on August 30 last year as a result of a joint operation between police and trading standards officers a search warrant was executed at Beadsworth's home in Century Drive, Ipswich and at a container rented by him in Sir Alf Ramsey Way, Ipswich.

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During the search a large amount of goods were seized of which only eight per cent were genuine.

After his arrest, Beadsworth told police he had bought the majority of his stock from markets including some in East Anglia. He had paid £20 to £25 each for the Nike trainers and accepted that some of them would have retailed at £70 or £80 if they were genuine.

Lindsay Cox, for Beadsworth, said his client had paid about £12,000 to £14,000 for the goods and had bought them in good faith. “He didn't make all the checks he should have done on them,” said Mr Cox.

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