A Hammersmith letting agency has been fined £4,000 following an investigation from Hammersmith & Fulham Council after the agency was found guilty of advertising properties for rent that were not under its control.Thorgills Limited, of Hammersmith Grove, was represented by its director Benjamin Madden, 32, when appearing at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court last week where he admitted four charges of unfair trading.The court was told how Thorgills had three properties advertised on its website as available for let despite not having...
21 Sep 2015
CTSI response (PDF - 156KB). CTSI is in favour of legal measures to prevent further Fairpak-type occurrences. Our preference would be for prepayments into savings schemes such as Christmas clubs being held in special accounts similar to trusts. We do, however, recognise the difficulty that would be faced by a company that is, for example, exclusively a Christmas club if its entire income is in a protected fund and not available for day-to-day operation. The 'consumer charge' suggestion, whilst complicated, seems...
17 Sep 2015
CTSI response (PDF - 133KB). CTSI states that the power to change Sunday trading rules should be devolved to all local authorities. Such a move may assist local authorities in their efforts to bring residents into town centres on Sundays. Trading standards services enforce the current legislation in most areas; currently there is no evidence to suggest high levels of non-compliance or an undue burden on trading standards and the Institute does not expect the situation to change.     
16 Sep 2015
A massive consignment of illicit cigarettes has been uncovered by North East Lincolnshire Council’s trading standards team during an operation in Grimsby. Trading standards officers working with specially trained sniffer dogs found an estimated 300,000 illicit cigarettes and 150kg tobacco as they searched six premises, including a flat and a house, in the Freeman Street area of Grimsby. The huge haul is the largest seizure trading standards have made in the borough since they began a crackdown on illicit tobacco sales a...
9 Sep 2015
A fraudster who made more than £5,000 after posing as a legal advisor has been jailed for a total of three years.Martin Williamson, of Winston Crescent, Biggleswade, found himself in the dock facing 22 separate charges following a successful investigation by Central Bedfordshire Council with assistance from Scam Busters.On Wednesday 19 August at Luton Crown Court, the 36-year-old was sentenced to a total of three years in prison.Williamson advertised his services as a professional McKenzie Friend on the internet, offering...
8 Sep 2015
A woman has been scammed out of £12,000 during a scam phone call.The telephone scam was a series of three calls lasting 100 minutes where a gang of criminals persuaded the woman to transfer £12,000 into one of their accounts.Responding to the cruel tactics of telephone fraudsters, that were laid bare by the BBC today, Louise Baxter, lead officer for consumer education at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and manager of the National Trading Standards Scams Team, said: “Elderly victims...
7 Sep 2015
CTSI response (PDF - 118KB). CTSI raised the subject of the effect of the swingeing cuts to trading standards resourses upon their ability to react with sufficient robustness to animal diseases identified in the government's National Risk Register.  
4 Sep 2015
CTSI response (PDF - 708KB). CTSI has provided a full response to the European Commission's questionnaire. 
3 Sep 2015
CTSI response (PDF - 449KB). A detailed response to the set questions accompanied by over two pages of further comments.
2 Sep 2015
CTSI submission (PDF - 197KB). CTSI recommends a more precise definition of 'psychoactive substances' and suggests several amendments to the proposed statutory instrument. The Institute also calls for specific funding to be provided to enforcement bodies to help cover the increased burden of the cost of testing suspect substances. 
2 Sep 2015