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Crawley Down woman sentenced over fake branded clothes

Selling fake Nike trainers, Stone Island coats and Ralph Lauren tops, Amanda Mary Bryant set up a business on Facebook called ‘Bargain Brandz’ under a false name.

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A woman from Crawley Down has pleaded guilty to selling fake branded clothes on Facebook following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards.

Amanda Mary Bryant, of The Leas, Crawley Down, was sentenced to a one month custodial sentence suspended for six months and was made to forfeit 54 pairs of counterfeit trainers.

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Trading Standards first became aware of Bryant in April 2017 when they received a complaint that someone was selling counterfeit goods on Facebook under the name Lucy Brown.

Items included Nike trainers, Stone Island coats and Ralph Lauren tops.

Further investigation revealed that Lucy Brown had created her own business on Facebook called Bargain Brandz.

Officers carried out a test purchase on a pair of Nike trainers which were later confirmed as fake.

When officers searched Bryant’s address, they discovered 54 pairs of fake Nike trainers which she was would have sold for £2,700.

Richard Sargeant, Trading Standards Team Manager, said: “Selling counterfeit goods is a crime which deceives customers and takes business away from genuine sellers.

“We would encourage anyone who believes they have been sold a counterfeit product to contact us.”

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“Deceiving buyers through the sale of counterfeit merchandise is a serious offence, hurting both innocent buyers and legitimate businesses.

“I hope this outcome serves to deter others who might be tempted to sell fake, branded items in West Sussex.”

Anyone with information about counterfeit goods can contact Trading Standards online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport or via Citizens Advice on 03454 040506.

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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