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Two jewellery company directors have been taken to court following one of the largest seizures of unhallmarked gold jewellery made by Trading Standards officers in the UK.Wandsworth Council launched a prosecution after officers discovered nearly 6,000 items of unhallmarked gold jewellery, worth about £750,000, during an inspection of Rathy Jewellers in Tooting.On April 24, Tharshika Jewellers Ltd director Arunan Sivagnanalingham of Kaye Don Way , in Weybridge, Surrey, and former director Rajtharan Mahalingham of Fairview Crescent , Harrow , were...
30 Apr 2012
The chief executive of the Trading Standards Institute Ron Gainsford is giving evidence today at the first hearing of Labour’s Consumer Investigation, led by consumer champion Ed Mayo.The investigation, which launched in February, forms part of Labour’s responsible business agenda.  It will look at the best ways of securing confidence in markets that work for businesses and consumers - ending the consumer con culture and rewarding the responsible companies which put their customers first.  This first hearing will aim to...
30 Apr 2012
Alerted by concerned bank staff Croydon Trading Standards stepped in to stop an elderly man from losing his home to scammers.The victim had been making regular withdrawals over several months and had reached his overdraft limit - bank staff said he seemed confused and worried.Trading standards officers went out of their way to make contact with the man and quickly established he was a victim of mass marketing fraud.  His house was full of letters, parcels and magazines and he spent...
30 Apr 2012
The UK European Consumer Centre for Services (ECCS) continues to help to raise consumers’ awareness of their rights when buying something in the EU.Jane Negus, European Consumer Centre for Services Executive, with the assistance of Jed Mayatt, UK European Consumer Centre Manager, set up advice desks about EU consumer rights for passengers on sailings from Dover to Calais in the first partnership of its kind between consumer advice organisations and a ferry operator.Jane Negus, European Consumer Centre for Services Executive...
30 Apr 2012
TSI response (PDF 131KB). TSI accepts the further documents suggested, but with a number of concerns. The retail sector would require training and support. Some retailers will currently only accept certain documents as proof of age. TSI reiterates its support for PASS (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) and the associated training for retailers offered by TSI.
27 Apr 2012
TSI response (PDF 127KB). TSI confines its comments to the proposals concerning Part P (Electrical safety - dwellings) and states that it totally supports calls for its retention.
26 Apr 2012
TSI response (PDF 127KB). TSI agrees with the proposals, noting that the proposed Regulations are a temporary measure as the Government looks to introduce a total ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. 
25 Apr 2012
Trading Standards officers are using the latest technology in a bid to fight scrap metal thieves.Newham Council officers are deploying hidden cameras to prosecute rogue scrap metal dealers who break the law by buying goods from under-age children.The stolen metal trade is driven by anonymous, low-risk transactions. Trading standards officers at Newham are using the cameras to increase prosecutions.The council is taking action to tackle a growing problem linked to the rising price of commodities such as copper and lead.Crimes...
17 Apr 2012
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is to train up Trading Standards in the South East (TSSE) to help protect jobs and stop piracyA campaign to highlight the issue of software piracy, and its negative impact on the creation of jobs and wealth, in London and the South East is to be launched mirroring successful initiatives in the North West, North East and Wales.This tranche of the  ‘Software – Stay Legal’ programme will commence in the South East on the...
16 Apr 2012
Thank you to everyone who sent in a nomination for the TSI and CIEH sponsored MJ Public Protection Achievement Award, which is an opportunity for councils to showcase the best work being carried out by regulatory services and to highlight innovative examples of good practiceIn a fantastic turn out we received double the nominations compared to previous years.   They have now been whittled down to six finalists:•    Chelmsford – innovative use of animal welfare legislation to protect animals from harm...
12 Apr 2012