ugg boot sale Newbiggin mum found guilty of possessing counterfeit goods
Newbiggin mum found guilty of possessing counterfeit goodsHARD UP Stacey Elsdon claimed to be buying discount designer goods from a car boot sale for her kids in the run up to Christmas.10:00, 30 APR 2012Updated17:38, 25 FEB 2013Stacey Elsdon from Newbiggin and inset some of the counterfeit goods
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HARD UP Stacey Elsdon claimed to be buying discount designer goods from a car boot sale for her kids in the run up to Christmas.
The 32 year old mum of seven packed her garage and car with clothes, boots, handbags, and hair straighteners, which bore the logos of top brands, such as Ugg, GHD, Paul’s Boutique and Superdry.
But the former business boss has now been found guilty of possessing counterfeit goods.
When police raided her car and home in Argyle Terrace, Newbiggin, Northumberland, they found an Aladdin’s cave of items, which officers believed could be counterfeit.
Lists with prices for “real and fake” items were also discovered.
Now Elsdon has been hit with a court bill after magistrates found her guilty of five charges of possessing goods with a false trademark for sale or hire.
Elsdon, whose seven children are aged 15, 13, 12, 10, eight,
five and two, was pulled over by police in her Vauxhall Meriva, on Hollinside Road, near to the Metrocentre, in Gateshead, on December 14, 2010.
Officers searched her car after reports that she had been acting suspiciously in the superstore.
They seized bags of goods from her car and home, as well as more than in cash, before passing the investigation onto Trading Standards at Gateshead Council.
Giving evidence at a trial at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court PC Christian Storey, based at the Metrocentre police station, said: “We continued searching the vehicle for other bags and we found a lot of items with tags on in black bags in the back seat and boot.
“We found several items from each make. There were Ugg boots and Henleys items. Some items were in carrier bags and some in black bags.”
A sample of the property, including an Adidas tracksuit, a Paul’s Boutique sweater, Superdry jacket, Juicy Couture tracksuit and GHD hairstraighteners was analysed and the goods proved to be counterfeit.
The mum, who once ran Maisie Bows in Ashington, which sold baby clothes, handbags and purses, claimed she had bought the goods from a car boot sale in Hexham and a shop in the Metrocentre for Christmas for her kids.
She also argued that the lists were her way of working out what she needed to buy for the children and what money she had available to spend.
She said the cash seized was going to be used to pay her rent for the business. She also accused police of mixing up items and claimed some of the property and lists seized didn’t belong to her.
Graham Crouth, defending, said: “These specific items were Christmas presents. In respect,
we were 11 days away from Christmas and the items were Christmas presents for her children.”
Elsdon was fined and ordered to pay costs. Chairman of the bench Susan Paul said: “Miss Elsdon’s explanations were vague and we didn’t find her tale credible.”