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December 2017

Fake iPhone chargers costs Peckham trader £2,900 plus community service

The director of Safi Electronics and Communications Limited, which trades at the Sky Shopping Centre on Rye Lane, Peckham was given a 12 month Community Order, with 120 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £1,410.  His company was fined a further £1,500 Camberwell Green Magistrates Court.

Nural Rahman, 28, of Pomeroy Street, New Cross had pleaded guilty to offences under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations and the Trade Marks Act, after being found in possession of more than 600 fake iPhone charger plugs.

An inspection in September 2016 uncovered 131 chargers in the shop and a further 500 chargers within a concealed storage area in a suspended ceiling.

Rahman had failed to carry out any safety checks or notice the chargers were actually marked ‘Designed by Apple’. The council had the chargers examined by an expert, who confirmed that they were fakes and infringed trade mark. Further checks by an electrical safety expert found the plugs to be dangerous as they failed to meet required safety standards and presented a potential risk of electric shock, or other injury, to anyone using them.

Premises licence revoked

The premises licence of Berfin Supermarket at 74 Denmark Hill, SE5 was revoked following a Review by the Council’s licensing sub-committee. Trading Standards has asked for the review following a test purchase and joint inspection with Police in May 2017 where the sale and possession of high strength beers and cider was found in breach of the premise license conditions. A failure to produce invoices for the products suggested they were illicit. In addition it was found that neither the premises licence holder nor the designated premises supervisor could understand the Challenge 25 policy that is intended to prevent underage sales. This was a breach of another condition.

The premises licence had been previously reviewed in November 2016 which is when the condition on high strength beers was imposed and so at this hearing the decision to revoke the licence was unanimous. The decisions does not take effect until the expiry of the 21 day appeal period, or any such appeal has been heard.

Alcohol seized from unlicensed premises

Joint inspections with Trading Standards, Police and Licensing led to the seizure of 118 beer and bitters products from a fishmonger in Walworth. 59 products were also seized from three other premises due to duty stamp or licensing issues. Officers from UKBA were also in attendance and one arrest was made over immigration matters.

Page last updated: 23 December 2017