An independent garage which unlawfully used the branding of the AA’s breakdown and repair service on its vehicles and advertisements has been found guilty of breaching copyright laws.

County Durham-based Denhamfields Limited used the AA’s trademarks and logos without permission – and was warned on more than one occasion by the nationally-recognised recovery company to remove the branding from its advertisements, a court heard.

Following failures to comply with he AA’s requests, corporate officials visited Denhamfields Limited in person in July 2015 – and then again in August, when AA officials saw “the logos were still there,” a Judge was told.

Denhamfields Limited company director, Gill Robinson, claimed that she was under the impression that her company was an approved AA repair centre.

She told a Court that her firm had carried out numerous repairs on behalf of the AA – and that she felt that this qualified the company to be an AA-approved repair centre.

However, a Judge ruled that Ms Robinson and Denhamfields Limited had breached the AA’s copyright and ordered the company to pay a £500 fine within 14 days.