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A COUNCIL leader has praised trading standards staff after a man was convicted of selling fake charity pin badges.

Councillor Roy Perry, of Hampshire County Council, spoke out after Jay Meech, 28, of Rothesay Road, Gosport, was handed an eight-month suspended jail sentence.

As reported, Meech’s home was raided by Hampshire trading standards who found 5,849 Poppy Appeal pins and 706 Help for Heroes pins.

He ran a website selling fake football pin badges. Meech admitted 10 counts of unauthorised use of a trademark.

Cllr Perry said: ‘These kinds of criminal activities severely damage the local economy.

‘This conviction by our trading standards service is an excellent example how positive, effective results can be achieved in the public interest.’