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When top US band Bon Jovi appeared at Gateshead International Stadium last ...
When top US band Bon Jovi appeared at Gateshead International Stadium last

August, Gateshead MBC's trading standards officers and Northumbria

Police mounted a joint operation, to ensure that only genuine merchandise

was sold to the thousands of fans going to the concert.

In the first of four prosecutions brought by Gateshead MBC, Steven

Delfinis of Stretford, Manchester, pleaded guilty at Gateshead magistrates

court to two offences of selling tour programmes, which had not been

produced by Bon Jovi Inc.

Trading standards officers from Gateshead MBC had actually caught Mr

Delphinis selling the programmes twice within the space of three hours

outside of the venue.

Magistrates took this into consideration when they fined him£300 for the

first offence,£400 for the second offence, and ordered him to pay an

additional£50 in costs.

The programmes, seized on the day, have been ordered by the magistrates to

be forfeited and now will be destroyed by Gateshead MBC.

Bill Colwill, head of commercial and consumer services for Gateshead MBC

said: 'We were extremely pleased that magistrates decided to hand out such a

substantial fine - it will hopefully be a deterrent to others in the future.

'The programmes seized were of inferior quality, with numerous typing

mistakes, poor artwork and bad quality photographs.

'Anyone who buys goods like this outside a venue will only be disappointed

with their quality.

'I would recommend only buying official merchandise from inside the arena -

then you know you are getting the real thing.'

Of the remaining cases, one has been adjourned, and warrants for the arrest

of two other defendants have been issued.

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