A company faces a bill of more than £13,500 for selling fake goods on a Preston car boot sale, following action by Lancashire County Council trading standards service.

L H Fashion Ltd. of Princes Reach, Ashton, pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrates' Court on Wednesday to 13 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

The offences were discovered on January 23, when trading standards officers responded to a complaint about counterfeit goods being sold from a stall on the boot sale on Earl Street in the city centre.

On arrival, officers spotted fake goods including well-known brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry and Lacoste.

In all, 92 articles of clothing and 19 handbags were seized, which genuine manufacturers had since confirmed to be counterfeit.

The court heard how Rockport and Stone Island jackets were being sold for £30 each, Armani tops for £10 each, and handbags for between £20-25.

But had the goods been genuine, their true value would have run into thousands of pounds.

Speaking on behalf of the company, sole director Geoffrey Horton, said that he had bought the stock at other car boot sales in Salford and Burscough.

He admitted to knowing that some of the items were not genuine.

Imposing 13 fines of £1,000, Horton was told that these were serious offences and that his Company had duped the public and defrauded genuine manufacturers.

Magistrates also ordered the company to pay court costs of £589 and ordered the destruction of the seized property.

County Councillor Jean Battle, cabinet member for community planning and partnerships, said: "In the end, we all pay for the trade in fake goods.

"Businesses lose sales and jobs, consumers end up with shoddy and unsafe goods and the public purse suffers to pay the cost of enforcement."