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Man from Walsall must pay more than £680k for selling fakes

A man from Walsall has been ordered to pay more than £680,000 for selling counterfeit clothing at a market in Lincolnshire.

Counterfeit clothing Credit: Lincolnshire police

Iftakhar Ahmed, 41, and his two sons - Asad Iftakhar and Hasan Iftakhar - were handed prison sentences at Lincoln Crown Court in February for selling counterfeit clothing in Ingoldmells.

A confiscation application was subsequently made against Iftakhar Ahmed at Lincoln Crown Court earlier this week.

Having considered the monetary value of his crime, as well as his available assets, Iftakhar Ahmed was ordered to repay £683,144.00.

He must pay the full amount within three months or face a five-year prison sentence, with the amount payable increasing with interest during this time, potentially leading to further prison sentences.

Back in 2011, Nike and Adidas joined forces with Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police to raid stalls where copies of their trainers were being sold in significant quantities.

They seized enough counterfeit clothing to fill two 40ft shipping containers from stalls being operated by Trainerz4U and 350 Sea Lane.

The dad was arrested and later released on bail. The twins attended a voluntary interview conducted by Trading Standards at a later date.

Trading Standards continued to monitor the stalls, while further investigations were being carried out, and found more fakes just one year later, infringing the trademarks of Hunter, Vivienne Westwood, Superdry, Armani, Jack Wills, Hollister, Barbour, Tom’s and others.

Another raid was carried out in August 2014 and over 200 items were confiscated.


Walsall to face old boss Dean Smith in FA Cup

Dean Smith left Walsall soon after agreeing a new contract with the club. Credit: PA

Walsall's players will come face to face with their recently departed manager Dean Smith after reaching the third round of the FA cup with a win over Chesterfield in a penalty shootout.

The Saddlers won 5-3 from the spot, after drawing 0-0 after extra time. Setting up a tie with Brentford.

Smith left the club at the end of last month after talks with the Championship side.

Police appeal for missing woman from Walsall

Missing Walsall woman Daniela Nedelcu Credit: Walsall Police

Police are appealing for help in finding a woman who has gone missing.

Daniela Nedelcu has been missing from her home in Walsall since Wednesday morning.

Daniela is described as being white Romanian, 5'7 & medium build with brown shoulder length hair.

Daniela was last seen wearing a red/purple hooded jacket with large grey stripes & blue jeans.

Anyone with information should call 101

Dad-to-be who went missing after dropping girlfriend at hospital found

The Walsall dad-to-be who went missing after dropping his girlfriend at a hospital has been found.

Kieron Hanley from Walsall Credit: West Midlands Police

He was found last night in the Cannock area and has returned home:

He went missing on Thursday along with his pet dogs:


Dad-to-be missing with pet dogs after dropping girlfriend at hospital

Police are urging a missing father-to-be from Walsall to get in touch as fears for his wellbeing continue to rise.

He was last seen on Thursday morning while dropping his pregnant girlfriend at a hospital for a scan.

Kieron Hanley has been missing since Thursday. Credit: West Midlands Police

26-year-old Kieron Hanley, from Chestnut Road in Leamore disappeared in his white Mitsubishi ASX with his pet dogs.

He has been in phone contact with family members but loved ones are growing increasingly worried and have urged him to make contact.

He is missing along with his pet dogs. Credit: West Midlands Police

Some of the messages have been concerning, his family are worried and they desperately want to know he is safe.

We believe Kieron disappeared with his pet dogs in the vehicle and officers have been searching areas he’s been known to walk them, speaking to friends and associates, and conducting other enquiries in a bid to trace him.

I’d urge Kieron to get in touch with his family or the police.

If anyone has seen him we’d ask them to drop us a line as the information could be important.

– Walsall Police Inspector Les Dow

Anyone with information is asked to contact the duty inspector at Walsall Police on the 101 number.

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