Scamnesty 2010 was launched on February 1 in partnership with 129 trading standards services across the country.The OFT campaign is calling on consumers to drop scam mailings they have received into designated Scamnesty bins or boxes at local libraries and public areas across the country.The campaign is also highlighting the damaging emotional impact that scams can have on victims.This echoes the work done by the TSI-backed Think Jessica campaign which has been fighting to raise awareness of the damage caused by...
1 Feb 2010
Potentially dangerous counterfeit chainsaws have been seized by Dorset trading standards.Carmine Paolillo pleaded guilty on 28 January 2010 to an offence under the Trade Marks Act 1994 of being in possession with a view to sale of eight counterfeit Stihl chainsaws.  Mr Paolillo was fined £550 and orderd to pay prosecution costs of £50.Due to their construction the chainsaws are considered to be unsafe as each had a trigger lock and they would continue to operate if dropped. Anyone who has...
29 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 115KB). TSI cites the common interests held by itself and Consumer Focus Wales and states that they would be better served through partnership working.
29 Jan 2010
A publishing fraudster has been nailed following an investigation by Stoke-on-Trent trading standards officers and Staffordshire police. Paul Kemp, from Cheshire, led the fraud, worth at least £700,000, which involved setting up bogus publishing businesses that purported to produce anti-drugs leaflets for school children.The business names included The Publication Company (TPC), MM Publications (MMP), DotCom Publications (DotCom) and React Publications (React). A Cheshire fraudster who deceived businesses into backing a bogus anti-drugs campaign has been jailed for four and a...
27 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 120KB). A detailed response in which TSI urges the FSA to ensure that any guidance issued provides clarity for all concerned - consumers, trade, and enforcement bodies.
22 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 107KB). TSI is of the opinion that the proposal could lead to a lowering of bio-security standards at markets and shows.  
22 Jan 2010
A trading standards officer  from North Yorkshire has received national recognition for her efforts in investigating financial crime. Ruth Andrews was announced winner of the Keith Hughes Award for Excellence in Financial Investigation, open to all accredited financial investigators in the UK, at an awards ceremony hosted by the Association of Chief Police Officers. She has led her team implementing the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 for the confiscation of criminals’ assets and has expanded North Yorkshire’s trading standards responsibilities...
22 Jan 2010
Trading standards have found the shortage of rock salt for roads has led to a different kind of shortage – that of salt in the product.Following a consumer complaint West Yorkshire Trading Standards embarked upon an investigation and submitted a bag of material being sold as rock salt for analysis. Upon testing, the material was found to contain only 23 per cent salt, with the majority of the product’s content being composed of sharp sand and small stones. For a...
22 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 118KB). TSI would like to see PO Boxes and Mail Forwarding Addresses banned from being used as Registered Office Addresses. TSI also calls for more transparency when dealing with accommodation addresses
20 Jan 2010
The Trading Standards Institute has launched a new guide with the backing of HPI and Motor Codes Limited, to help the new motorists make better informed decisions.Costs, legal rights and responsibilities, mechanical jargon – anyone set to sit behind the wheel for the first time is faced with a whole new world of information that may seem daunting.On the Road – A Guide to Buying Your First Car includes chapters packed with helpful hints on* learning to drive* buying a...
18 Jan 2010