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Trader who fleeced football fans with counterfeit scarves banned from the borough of Brent

Eric Williams cannot enter the borough for 12 months and must also pay more than £1,300 after he was caught with the counterfeit scarves in April

Eric Williams was selling Tottenham and Chelsea scarves as the two sides clashed at Wembley Stadium in April(Image: Getty Images Europe)

A man caught selling counterfeit scarves outside Wembley Stadium has been banned from entering the borough of Brent.

Eric Williams sold the knock-off items during this year’s FA Cup semi final clash between Chelsea and Tottenham on April 22, despite receiving warnings and advice when caught doing the same thing at a previous Wembley event.

The court heard he had became obstructive and aggressive to Brent Council Trading Standards when they approached him and confiscated 39 scarves.

Williams, from Lots Road in Chelsea , was given an exclusion order from the borough and also told to pay more than £1,300.

At Willesden Magistrates’ Court on June 13, he had found guilty in his absence of unlicensed street trading and ordered to pay a total of £1,026 in fines and costs.

However, due to the seriousness of his offences and the fact that Williams failed to turn up to court, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On July 3, he pleaded guilty to all remaining offences, including selling counterfeit Tottenham and Chelsea scarves and the obstruction of officers carrying out their duties, at the same court.

He was handed the exclusion order and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £85.

The court was told that this was not Williams’ first offence of this nature, and that he was also in breach of a Criminal Behaviour order which prevented him from unlawful street trading at Wembley events.

Cllr Tom Miller, cabinet member for stronger communities at Brent Council , said: “Football fans come to Wembley to support their teams and enjoy a memorable day out - they aren’t here to be ripped off by rogue traders hoping to make a quick buck.

“The rules are there for a good reason, and I’m really pleased with the hard work of our officers in upholding the law and protecting both consumers and the legitimate businesses who trade on event days.

“I hope this case encourages others considering selling fake goods to think twice about their actions, whether that’s on the streets, on stalls or in shops.

“We want Brent to be a place where genuine and legitimate businesses thrive, and illegal traders that ignore the rules and previous advice given to them, will be taken through the courts.”

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