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A large scale importer and distributor of counterfeit goods in Camden Town was jailed Friday 16 Septembe for two years at Blackfriars Crown Court.  Judge Hillen described the case as a "major criminal enterprise."Adrian Hindson, (40) of Fermoy Rd, W9, who also used alternative multiple identities, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of trade marks offences and money laundering.  The offences relate to a business called Addy Ltd, registered at 57 Hartland Road, Camden, which is also the address of a...
19 Sep 2011
The Trading Standards Institute's fair trading lead officer Sylvia Rook will be one of seven experts at BBC One’s Rip Off Britain Pops Up in Manchester for a special weekend of free consumer advice. Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and new recruit Julia Somerville will be bringing the Rip Off Britain team to Manchester’s Trafford Centre 17 - 18 September where they have teamed up with BBC Learning to open a Pop-Up shop offering free consumer advice.The team is excited to...
15 Sep 2011
To mark Gas Safety Week (12 -18 September), Gas Safe Register can reveal the nation’s top hot spots for rogue gas fitters.  With 1 in 5 jobs investigated by Gas Safe Register deemed ‘immediately dangerous’ they are teaming up with the Trading Standards Institute to launch a campaign urging the public to ‘shop a cowboy gas fitter’.Illegal gas fitters are targeting homes across the country and  potentially leaving them with unsafe appliances. Latest figures show that Wales and the South...
15 Sep 2011
TSI response (PDF 111KB). TSI agrees that action is needed to combat bovine TB. It believes that, should the culling of badgers take place, only the two methods proposed (controlled shooting and cage-trapping and shooting) should be used, and then only if they are considered humane. TSI supports the strict monitoring of culling to maintain humaneness.
15 Sep 2011
TSI response (PDF 111KB). TSI supports the proposed amendments and emphasises the need for high standards of animal welfare.
15 Sep 2011
TSI response (PDF 271KB). TSI welcomes the clear importance that the Government is placing on regulatory dellivery in its regulatory reform programme and gives examples of the work in which TSI is engaged in developing the future of regulatory enforcement.  
15 Sep 2011
TSI response (PDF 371KB). TSI welcomes this consultation and the commitment to continuing better regulatory support by way of a reformed and rebranded Local Better Regulation Office. The Institute has no objection to extending the Primary Authority scheme although it has concerns pertaining to franchises and trade associations.
15 Sep 2011
Minister welcomes new toolkit introduced by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) to help trading standards professionals tackle charity bag crime.Speaking at the Charity Clothes Collection Symposium, organised by the Fundraising Standards Board and the Institute of Fundraising, on 14 September, Minister for Civil society Nick Hurd said:“Charity collection crime is an issue that matters to the Government; we want to encourage people to give more with confidence and we what we don’t want is activities that undermine that.   More regulation...
14 Sep 2011
TSI response (PDF 149KB). TSI has submitted a detailed response to this consultation which, inter alia, considers the expectations and responsibilities of young people, parents, and retailers/suppliers (but only responsibilities of enforcers - TSI has suggested some expectations) and discusses test purchasing and acceptable forms of proof of age. 
14 Sep 2011
TSI response (PDF 139KB). TSI acknowledges that the DfT proposals signal a significant step forward in consumer protection, but the proposals fail to protect all consumers purchasing a flight from an airline which subsequently fails. 
14 Sep 2011