A trader has been ordered to pay a hefty fine after being found guilty of selling dangerous flammable fake Pokeman cushions to unwitting customers.

Sea Blue Ltd and director Ian Jones, 35, from Hagley Road, Birmingham, were prosecuted and convicted of two breaches of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Act 1987 in their absence at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Thursday July 20.

Mr Jones and Sea Blue Ltd were ordered to pay £4,904 each comprising of a £2,000 fine for the offences, £734 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.

Trading standards officers initially confiscated the 92 cushions emblazoned with Pokemon characters Pikachu or the Pokeball because it was thought they were fake.

Cushions tested all failed.

Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “These products are blatantly aimed at children and it is utterly reprehensible that a company would seek to sell these products to children without bothering to check they complied with the proper safety standards.

“Enfield Council is committed to taking all necessary steps to protect the public and will remove unsafe products and prosecute their sellers whenever necessary.

“We take a dim view of illegal business practices and of disreputable businesses operating in Enfield and we won’t tolerate behaviour, which puts the safety of our residents at risk.”

Enfield Council is committed to protecting residents preventing the sale of potentially dangerous merchandise.