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Two Nottinghamshire businessmen who conned life savings from the elderly and disabled for mobility aids they never delivered have been ordered to pay back more than £40,000 from their ill gotten gains. Father and son Shane Johnson (55) and Laurence Johnson (27) of Kegworth, Leicestershire were each ordered to pay more than £20,000 from money they obtained illegally through their business, Nottingham Mobility at Nottingham Crown Court on 16 February. Both men were jailed for 12 months in July last year at...
22 Feb 2012
Rescue cats will be left 'feline' warm and cosy following free safety checks to electric blankets for older and disabled people in Newark and Hucknall in Nottinghamshire at the end of February. Anyone attending the event whose electric blanket is found to be unsafe will have the chance to swap it free of charge for a brand new electric blanket or discount vouchers for a replacement. All faulty blankets collected will have cables removed, made safe and donated to two Notts Cat...
22 Feb 2012
Businesses have been put on alert by Croydon Council’s trading standards team about a sham company operating from a mailbox address in the heart of the borough’s commercial district.Over only three days, officers received 72 complaints relating to a company called Slom Solution Ltd, operating from a virtual rented office mailbox space in the Lansdowne Building, Lansdowne Road, adjacent to East Croydon station.The address provided for Slom Solution Ltd is only a mailbox, with no persons present. The complaints have...
22 Feb 2012
TSI response (PDF 123 KB). TSI outlines its role in the consumer financial field, states that the knowledge and expertise of the FOS is widely appreciated by local authority trading standards services, and further states that it agrees with those aspects of the FOS plans that are relevant to trading standards. 
20 Feb 2012
A shared vision for Home Authority and how it can work with Primary Authority has been developed by the regulatory bodies; LBRO, Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The Trading Standards Institute has been entrusted by the Local Government Association (LGA) to host Home Authority after the demise of Local Government Regulation. The Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO, the reconfigured LBRO) will take forward Primary Authority and deliver the Government’s plans for extension and expansion. BRDO,...
20 Feb 2012
A state-of-the-art blended learning solution for the Trading Standards Qualification Framework has been put together by Trading Standards to meet the needs of today's students.  The package includes:• tailored online training delivered via an award-winning virtual learning environment• timetabled and clearly structured content with key learning and reflection points• a custom user-friendly interface with student dashboard and calendar of events• built-in social learning systems, including student forums and tutor interactions• comprehensive reporting tools to facilitate tutor intervention and management tracking•...
15 Feb 2012
With the number of training providers in decline, financial constraints local authorities are facing and the demand for nationwide training, TSI is delighted to bring you our blended learning solution for the Trading Standards Qualification Framework.Delivered via an award-winning virtual learning environment, this comprehensive and structured tutor-led e-learning programme is blended with live events including telephone tutorials and face-to-face training days for the ideal learning solution.tsi academy offers time-tabled modular courses with tutor interaction, a mapped out learning, study and...
14 Feb 2012
A letting agent in Oxford has been ordered to pay a total of £309,303 after pleading guilty to seven consumer protection related offences and one of money laundering at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday 9 February.Zulfiqar Hussain, from Charles Lawson Lettings on Cowley Road, was also given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.The 44-year-old from the city was investigated by Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service after...
13 Feb 2012
Lorry drivers who ignore weight restrictions on roads and bridges are being warned by trading standards they could be hauled before the court following a series of successful prosecutions.  Staffordshire county council’s trading standards team has a strict zero tolerance policy against HGV drivers that flout weight limits on the highways.  A total of seventeen employees from separate haulage companies have appeared at Fenton and Burton on Trent Magistrates Courts after the team carried out a number surveillance operations.  They...
13 Feb 2012
Some3,000 pirate DVDs have been seized after a raid on a shop in Green Lane, Ilford.A recent test purchase by an officer from Trading Standards who entered the shop to buy DVDs, confirmed that counterfeit DVDs were being sold.Redbridge Trading Standards joined forces with the British Recorded Music Industry and the police to swoop on the shop, which resulted in more than £6000 worth of counterfeit Bollywood DVDs being seized.A Redbridge trading standards spokesman said: "Counterfeit goods undermine the trade of legitimate...
13 Feb 2012