The Trading Standards Institute’s Hero Awards to celebrate outstanding local contributions to consumer protection and the protection of individuals are being awarded at TSI’s Conference in Edinburgh.
Investigating the brutal murder of an 82-year-old disabled woman while he was a top detective made Brian Steele resolute in the war against bogus builders and other doorstep criminals.
Brian, a former detective superintendent with West Yorkshire police, has for the past decade led a campaign to raise awareness about doorstep crime across the UK. Full press release
Campaigning businessman Charles Goodall, who is based in Angus, has helped to combat the curse of rogue traders and protect law-abiding legitimate businesses through working closely with trading standards.
Charles, who is Vice-Chairman of the Angus and Dundee Federation of Small Businesses and runs his own small business which specialises in the design and supply of wheelchair accessible vehicles, has fought for the protection and welfare of customers, as well as giving a strong voice for the concerns of those who run small businesses. Full press release
Paisley school girl Caitlin Fletcher turned into a star witness for trading standards when she was called upon to give evidence in a difficult court case.
Caitlin, 16, has been helping trading standards as a test purchaser for two years to track down traders who illegally sell products such as alcohol and cigarettes to young people who are under age. Full press release
A courageous family from Wales whose elderly widowed mother was tricked out of her life savings of more than £272,000 just before she died of cancer, have channelled their grief into a campaign to highlight doorstep crime.
Despite having to deal with the tragic loss of their mother, David Cornock and his sister Helen O’Neil were determined to alert other potential victims of heartless scams and have brought nationwide attention to the subject. Full press release
A police officer whose work has had a major impact on the community has been hailed a hero for helping to protect vulnerable people from doorstep crime and prevent problems related to age-restricted sales such as under-age drinking, substance misuse, antisocial behaviour and vandalism.
PC Derek Mitchell worked in the eastern division of Tayside police and in his role as crime reduction officer put his heart and soul into making Angus a safer and better place to live, focusing on partnership work with trading standards. Full press release