Hundreds of illegal CDs and baseball caps, that were seized from a market stall by Isle of Wight Council’s Trading Standards service, are to be crushed and used to generate power for local homes.
A local market trader formerly of Sandown Road, Shanklin, was given a suspended jail term at a hearing in Portsmouth Crown Court in September. It was after he pleaded guilty at a court appearance on 7 June 2010 at Newport Crown Court to six charges under either the Copyright, Designs and Patents Acts 1988 and the Trade Marks Act 1994.
The traders stall was visited several times by Trading Standards officers during the summer and autumn of 2008 following information received that some of the products on offer were either illegal copies or fake merchandise.
This included Irish jokes and several other CDs, salt and pepper pots and baseball caps branded with the England logo and Manchester United logo.
The seized goods have since been kept in storage by IW Council Trading Standards and on Wednesday 1 December, they will be taken to the Gasification Plant in Newport. There, they will be shredded and then crushed into ‘bales’ where they will then be burnt in the Gasification Plant which generates electricity.
Some of the goods that cannot be incinerated, such as the salt and pepper pots, will be crushed and sent for recycling.
The council will also shred and crush hundreds of boots, shoes and counterfeit video games that were being sold illegally from a house on the Island.