Dagenham Market trader fined £1,000 for fake Yankee Candles

Dagenham Market, where trader Peter Inglis was caught selling counterfeit Yankee Candles. Picture: P

Dagenham Market, where trader Peter Inglis was caught selling counterfeit Yankee Candles. Picture: Paul Bennett - Credit: Archant

A market trader has been fined nearly £1,000 for selling fake Yankee Candles at Dagenham Market.

The fake candles, which were being sold for £10 and hadn't been bought from a reputable supplier. Pi

The fake candles, which were being sold for £10 and hadn't been bought from a reputable supplier. Picture: LBBD - Credit: Archant

Peter Inglis, 62, from Sevenoaks, was found with 243 counterfeit candles during a visit from trading standards officers.

On November 9, he pleaded guilty at Barkingside Magistrates Court and admitted he’d not bought them from a reputable supplier.

He was charged under the Trade Marks Act, and was fined £420, ordered to pay £500 to the council, and had to pay a £42 victim surcharge.

His candles were on sale for £10, while official Yankee Candles are sold for between £15 and £20.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement, said: “This simply comes down to individuals putting profit ahead of people. Buying and selling fake products is not a victimless crime and our trading standards officers will continue to work tirelessly to keep our residents safe.

“With Christmas fast approaching it might seem like you are picking up a bargain, but ultimately saving a few quid could end up costing you your life, so I’d urge everyone to check what they are buying in their basket is genuine.”