WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has secured a suspended custodial sentence for a Redditch car booter who sold counterfeit goods in Worcester.

Roland Rogers, aged 31, of Beoley Road East, pleaded guilty to six offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 at Worcester Magistrates Court on September 28. Magistrates imposed a custodial sentence for each charge.

Rogers was observed by Trading Standards officers at the Ketch car boot, Worcester, in May 2006 selling counterfeit DVDs. Following undercover test purchases by one of the officers, Rogers was arrested.

He was found in possession of 449 counterfeit DVDs, including latest releases such as Syriana and Poseidon and counterfeit music MP3s. The goods, which had a street value of approximately £1,400 were ordered to be forfeited.

During the hearing, magistrates were informed that Rogers had also recently been prosecuted by Gloucestershire Trading Standards for similar offences which occurred before he was caught in Worcester.

Rogers was sentenced to six months imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently, suspended for 12 months.

He was also given a 12-month supervision order and ordered to pay £200 costs.

John Dell, compliance and investigation manager, said: "This case serves as a timely reminder to people selling counterfeit items that they may find themselves in court.

"As this case shows, we and the courts take the production and sale of counterfeit goods very seriously."

Anyone who suspects a trader of selling counterfeit items should contact Trading Standards on 08454 040506.