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Lethal toy seller ordered to pay back profits - 11.11.09

A woman who sold potentially lethal toys and fake Dr Who merchandise in Sutton has been ordered to pay £14,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

In a Sutton Council prosecution in February 2009, Kelly Magnus, 31, of Buckles Lane, South Ockendon, Essex, pleaded guilty to five consumer safety and four trading standards offences in relation to items she sold in the St Nicholas Centre in November 2007. She was ordered to serve 300 hours community service.

A subsequent investigation by Sutton Trading Standards found that Ms Magnus had £14,000 in recoverable assets from her criminal lifestyle.

She was ordered to pay the confiscation order within six months and if she fails to do so, will be jailed for 12 months.

Back in February Croydon Crown Court heard how Ms Magnus set up a short lease Christmas store in the Sutton shopping centre.

A test purchase by Sutton Trading Standards officers found one 16 inch toy doll with filling capable of suffocating a child and a pushchair which collapsed in testing. A BBC Worldwide representative also confirmed that Dr Who toys on sale were counterfeit.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"This should serve as a clear warning to criminals that crime doesn't pay. If you make money from selling fake goods we will use our powers to go after you and your assets.

"In the run up to Christmas we again urge customers to beware of 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."

Sutton Trading Standards constantly visit shops in the borough to ensure that consumer goods meet UK safety standards and are the genuine article.

Anyone who has bought an item that they consider unsafe should contact Consumer Direct the National Advice Centre on 08454 04 05 06 run by the OFT who can provide them with advice and who will alert the Trading Standards Service.

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 November 2009

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