12 month suspended sentence for North-East conterfeiter

On 7th December 2010 at Newcastle Combined Court Keith Gibson, age 50, of Houghton Le Spring was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 24 months, £500 costs and an electronic tag with 8pm-6am curfew for 6 months.

Gibson was arrested at Rainton Meadows Arena car boot sale on 22nd February 2009 with a large number of counterfeit film DVDs.

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