A TRADER is facing a possible jail sentence after being caught with a haul of fake designer clothing with a street value of more than £10,000.
Famous names including Dolce and Gabbana, Henri Lloyd and Lacoste were among the 93 pairs of trainers and 177 articles of clothing seized from Marcus Parkes, 39, of Chapel House Road, Nelson.
Parkes was arrested following an operation by Lancashire County Coun-cil's trading standards department into the fake clothing market.
A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: "The trading standards service estimate that property would have had a street value of well over £10,000 had it been genuine.
"Cash totalling £3,500 was also recovered. Counterfe-iting trade-marked goods is a major problem and the illicit trade in fake clothing is particularly prevalent.
"Manufacturers and retailers face huge financial losses from pirated goods while consumers pay the price from buying shoddy and unguaranteed merch-andise."
Parkes has admitted six charges of possesing count-erfeit goods, under the Trade Marks Act, with a view to selling them in the course of a business.
The offences relate to five fake Fred Perry jumpers and tracksuits, 14 tracksuits and two polo shirts with pirated Lacoste markings and four jumpers and three pairs of shorts with bogus Henri Lloyd branding.
Ninety-three pairs of 'Nike' trainers and 18 tracksuits, along with five counterfeit Timberland jackets and six Dolce and Gabbana imitation tracks-uits.
Parkes has been remanded on bail by magistrates for an 'all options' pre-sentence report, including the prospect of custody, and will be sentenced by a Burnley court on Friday afternoon.