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Horsham’s fake Facebook seller brought to justice

31-year-old Cerise Evans was found to be selling items like fake Rayban sunglasses and Ugg boots under the name ‘Pinky Smith’.

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A woman from Horsham who sold fake designer goods on Facebook has been brought to justice following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards.

Cerise Evans, 31 (Oakhill Road, Horsham) has been issued with a 12 month community order involving 120 hours of unpaid work.

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Trading Standards received complaints in October and December 2016 that Evans was selling counterfeit items on Facebook under the name ‘Pinky Smith.’

An officer made a test purchase of Ugg boots and Rayban sunglasses in May 2017.

These were confirmed as fakes.

A warrant was then granted to enter Evans’ home and counterfeit goods including Ugg boots, Rolex watches and Michael Kors bags, were seized.

Letters were also found from Surrey and Buckinghamshire Trading Standards services warning her against the sale of fake goods in 2015 and 2016.

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“I would like to thank our Trading Standards service for bringing this individual to justice.

“Deceiving people into buying fake items is a serious offence that hurts both innocent buyers and legitimate businesses.

“I hope this outcome will deter anyone tempted to sell fake, branded goods in West Sussex.”

Trading Standards Team Manager Richard Sargeant added:

“We are committed to stopping the sale of fake goods in our county and will pursue anyone undertaking this illegal activity.”

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of an unfair trading practice can contact Trading Standards via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06 or online at: www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport

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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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