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Toy Story 4 merchandise fraudster 'caught by the Buzz'

A cowboy trader in Harrow caught peddling fake Toy Story figurines is heading for infamy and beyond

A Harrow shop owner was pounced on by trading standards officers when they found her pedalling knock-off toys for a film that hadn't even been made yet.

Officers decided to search Multie Choice toy shop in Streatfield Road in February after spotting a huge mistake on a fake Buzz Lightyear figurine that was packaged and being sold as "Toy Story 4" merchandise.

Further checks at the shop unearthed more than 1,000 knock-off toys and games with Disney, Hello Kitty and Star Wars fakes included in the stash.

While film fans will have to wait until 2019 for the real Toy Story 4 to be released, there will be no sequel for shop director Namilini Moorthy, 48 who appeared at Willesden Magistrates' Court on September 5.

The company was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £1,466. Moorthy was given a conditional discharge for 12 months.

Graham Henson, Harrow Council portfolio holder for environment, crime and community safety, said: “This irresponsible shop owner thought she could play around with children’s safety.

“Now we’ve confiscated her toys and she’s lucky not to get a detention.

"This is a toy story that I never want to see again in Harrow.”

Moorthy claimed she had inherited some stock from the shop’s previous owner and unsuspectingly bought other fakes from a mysterious visitor to her shop some months before, who left without leaving a name, address or any invoices or documents.

Simon Legg, manager of Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, said: “I’m not sure who Ms Moorthy thought this salesman could be.

"A Disney sales rep from the future?

Huge mistake on a fake Buzz Lightyear figurine lead officers to search store(Image: Harrow council)

He added: “There’s a host of advice we give to business owners to check if merchandise is legitimate to sell. Probably the first check you should make is if the film advertised on the box is real!”

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