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Published on February 20th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Fake Toys on the Market

It seems to be the week for Doctor Who fakes – a Sutton woman has been sentenced for selling counterfeit toys of poor and dangerous quality in the run up to Christmas 2007.

Essex girl Kelly Magnus, 31, this week pleaded guilty consumer safety and trading standards offences after taking a short-term lease in the St Nicholas Centre in Sutton in November 2007.

A representative of BBC Worldwide confirmed to the court that the Doctor Who toys on sale were counterfeit, unlicensed manufactures.

Deputy Leader of Sutton Council Councillor Colin Hall said: “We urge customers to beware cheap goods, especially children’s toys, on sale in shops that set up for short periods of time and then move on.

“What looks like a bargain in the shop could have lethal consequences for a child.”

Anyone desperate for low-priced Doctor Who toys and merchandise should keep a careful eye on "bargain watch" sites such as MoneySavingExpert.com or shop around, avoiding shonky market traders and characters such as Ms Magnus.

There’s also no reason to imagine that just because one counterfeit seller was sentenced that there are no more counterfeits.  It would be very to hear of an accident or worse that was cause by a sub-standard item of counterfeit Doctor Who merchandise.

Ideally, we would urge you to stick to high street or retail park stockists – or for the most hassle free shopping, use Forbidden Planet‘s online store.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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