Trading at the annual Neath Fair, Wales in 2007, Malik Aftab Hussain was spotted by trading standards officers on patrol who identified that both the Doctor Who merchandise and other toys were counterfeit and unsafe – helped along by spelling mistakes and incorrect labels on the packaging.
Hussain was ordered to pay more than Â£34,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 this week, as well as jailed for 10 months.
Appearing before Neath magistrates last year, 33-year-old Hussain – who hails from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire – pleaded guilty to 29 offences that contravene both the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987. Due to the number of offences, the case was then transferred to Swansea Crown Court.
It’s good to see that Trading Standards officers are on the ball with this particular issue – low grade replicas with lead based paints and choke hazards are certainly not the sort of toys Doctor Who fans of any age want to be buying.