<h1 class="entry-title">Month: May 2014</h1>

Private Investigator Hit With £89,000 Penalty

A man who ran a company that tricked organisations into revealing personal details about customers has today been ordered to pay a total of £20,000 in fines and prosecution costs, as well as a confiscation order of over £69,000 at a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court. Barry Spencer, 42, ran ICU Investigations Limited in Feltham, […]

Designer Clothes Counterfeiters Jailed

Two brothers and their father have been jailed for their parts in manufacturing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of fake designer garments. Kully Screen Printing Ltd, in Galby Street, Spinney Hills, Leicester, was described as a “large-scale, highly sophisticated and a professional operation”. At Leicester Crown Court, director Kuldip Singh (26), the “principal offender”, […]

Legal Aid Row Leads to Halting of Serious Fraud Trial

  A judge has halted a serious fraud trial after defendants claimed they could not get adequate representation because of cuts to legal aid. Alex Cameron QC – the prime minister’s brother, working free of charge on the bid to halt the case – said the defendants would not get a fair trial.     […]

Bank of England to Withdraw £50 Houblon Note from Circulation

The £50 note which features a portrait of Sir John Houblon is to be withdrawn from circulation on 30th May 2014. The Bank of England estimates that there are still 53 million of the notes in circulation, amounting to a value of £2.65bn. Members of the public or business people who use the Houblon £50 […]

2,500 Websites Shut Down in Counterfeit Goods Crackdown

A specialist police unit has shut down more than 2,500 websites selling counterfeit goods believed to be worth tens of millions of pounds. The sites promised authentic designer goods such as Gucci products, GHD hair straighteners, Ugg boots and Hollister clothing. But customers were left short-changed as the items were either poor quality counterfeits or […]