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In a society where people often view an unexpected knock on the door as irritating, frustrating and, in some cases, even frightening, it comes as no surprise that in a recent survey by Yorkshire and Humber Trading Standards,  35% of people said that this sort of activity does increase their fear of crime and a massive 93% of people stated that they did not want people knocking on their doors at all.  In response to this and a continuous stream...
5 Mar 2012
Traders and individuals who decide to supply counterfeit goods over the internet or through local supply chains could face legal action and substantial penalties, Powys County Council has warned.The warning has been issued by the council's Trading Standards Service after it successfully prosecuted two individuals for supplying counterfeit make-up - some of which had dangerous levels of lead, prompting real safety concerns for users of the products.  The individuals were today (Wednesday 29 February) sentenced by Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.James...
29 Feb 2012
 A Nottinghamshire farmer and animal dealer jailed last month for "horrific" cruelty, has been banned from keeping pigs and cows for eight years at a hearing today (29 February).  Keith James Littlewood (47) of White Haven Farm, Goosedale Lane, Bestwood, Nottingham was sent to prison for a year last month after admitting four breaches of Animal By-Product Regulations and eight breaches of the Animal Welfare Act. Investigating Officers from Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards had described scenes of cruelty and neglect...
29 Feb 2012
TSI member Joanne Bramley, from North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards has picked up a gong at the seventh annual Keith Hughes Awards.Ms Bramley won the Financial Investigation Individual Award at the ceremony, which recognises the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of financial investigation to fight crime.Nominations from a wide range of government departments and law enforcement agencies were submitted for the awards.The Trading Standards Institute’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: “Congratulations to...
29 Feb 2012
The Trading Standards Institute’s monthly magazine TS Today has won an Institute of Internal Communications Excellence Award on 24 February 2012.The magazine was runner up in the Stakeholder Publication category.TSI’s director of communications Suzanne Kuyser attended the awards ceremony and said: “This is a fantastic result for us – we were up against some really big players!  This is a real credit to everyone involved, including staff at the Trading Standards Institute and Cambridge Publishing Limited, regular contributors and the...
27 Feb 2012
The owner of a West Yorkshire off licence has pleaded guilty to supplying fake Smirnoff and Drop vodkas from premises on Kirkgatein Wakefield. The owner, a Newcastle registered company called Exrock Limited, traded under the name of Town Off Licence and has recently closed the shop down. Drop vodka has been the subject of much local and national publicity. The Food Standards Agency has warned against its consumption because it contains the toxic chemicals isopropanol and chloroform. It is thought to...
27 Feb 2012
Warwickshire fish and chip shops have received a ‘thumbs up’ after tests conducted by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service revealed that all their cod products were genuine.The high cost of cod compared with other types of fish have led some unscrupulous fish and chip shop owners across the UK to substitute cod for cheaper fish such as Vietnamese River Catfish (or River Cobbler) which can be up to half the price of genuine cod.Trading Standards Officers visited 18 fish...
27 Feb 2012
A Wembley based trader was fined £1,000 by Brent Magistrates and ordered to pay the London Boroughs of Brent & Harrow Trading Standards Service £500 in prosecution costs on 21 February 2012 after he was found to be selling counterfeit scarves to unsuspecting football fans ahead of the 2011 Carling Cup Final.Mr Jason Proctorfrom Runway Close, London, who trades outside Wembley Stadium on event days under the name “Aerozone Trading Company”, pleaded guilty to selling trade mark infringing scarves contrary...
27 Feb 2012
Hull City Council’s Trading Standards has worked with HM Revenue and Customs to prosecute a Hull shop owner for the possession of illicit tobacco and counterfeit DVDs.Mr Ari Safay, 26 attended Hull Magistrates Court on Tuesday 21 February having previously pleaded guilty to four offences under the Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) (Safety) Regulations 2007 which prohibit the sale of foreign labelled cigarettes in the UK. He also pleaded guilty to seven Trade Mark and Video recording offences for...
23 Feb 2012
Following the announcement that the OFT’s chief executive John Fingleton is to step down later this year  TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said:“John Fingleton will be missed as a key figure in the consumer and business landscape.  He has our admiration for his wise and strong leadership under which the OFT has made a real, positive difference to consumers and businesses, delivering benefits for the UK economy in excess of five times their budget.“He has been a good friend and...
23 Feb 2012