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Man jailed for selling fake motorcycle leathers

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A businessman in Newcastle has been convicted after he made a fortune selling counterfeit motorcycle leathers.

The fake leather suits ripped off motorcycle manufacturers Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Ducati.

Alan Routledge sold the fake motorcycle leathers through his eBay shop Click2Buy. He was operating out of two units at Tedco Business Park in Jarrow.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Alan, 53 had been in the motorcycle industry for eight years and was making an annual turnover of £400,000.

The counterfeit leathers were bought from Pakistan for $170 (around £80) and were sold in the UK for £249 each. Prosecutors said the leathers were “dangerous” and would not have passed safety tests.

Councillor Michael Clare, Lead Member Environment, Housing and Transport had this to say: "Companies like Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati and Honda have invested a great deal of time, effort and money into building up their business and establishing a strong reputation.

"It is wrong for someone to take advantage of this by illegally profiting from their hard-earned success and we have a duty to take action in these cases.

"This kind of activity can also deliver a blow to the income of reputable local businesses selling legitimate goods, and the resulting losses can ultimately have an affect on employment.”

Alan Routledge was found out when a Trading Standards officer found the fake suits up for sale on eBay. On December 22 his business premises were raided and over 450 counterfeit motorcycle leathers were found.

Paul Caulfield, prosecuting, said: “Click2Buy was offering for sale and selling goods that were counterfeit, using eBay and PayPal.”

Chris Knox, defending, said: “No members of thee public thought that they were buying what the companies sell. No one thought they were buying an £800 suit for £250.”

Alan Routledge was given a six-month supervision order, a 56-day prison sentence and was suspended for 12 months.

A proceeds of crime hearing is scheduled for May to determine how much Routledge will have to pay back. A date has not yet been set.

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