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After a lengthy, complex investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, Andrew James was yesterday sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to 2 years 3 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to fraudulent trading.  In 2011 West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service received in excess of 120 complaints regarding non delivery of fires and fire surrounds from Home Firesides Ltd trading via www.firesgalore.co.uk and www.homefiresides.co.uk. Mr James was the sole Managing Director to the company.  The websites advertised fires and fire surrounds at extremely low...
22 Oct 2014
Food crime enforcement in the wake of the Elliott report was discussed 21 October at TSI's consumer affairs and trading standards all party parliamentary group AGM in Portcullis House.Speakers included David Heath MP, shadow minister for food and farming Huw Irranca Davies and Darren Shirley from Which?Professor Elliott, who could not attend due to speaking at an EU food fraud conference, said: “I spent 15 months reviewing the integrity of food supply systems in the UK in the wake of...
21 Oct 2014
Simon Seaton of Ashleigh Gardens, Leeds was today (21 October 2014) ordered to pay back £18,901.75, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; this was the benefit obtained from his criminal conduct.  In March 2014 Simon Seaton was sentenced to eight months in prison at Leeds Crown Court for copyright and fraud offences after an investigation concluded by West Yorkshire Trading Standards. Seaton was involved in routinely advertising and supplying, via a secure website, pirated material including music and films....
21 Oct 2014
Eleven Powys residents have had money returned to them as a result of a crackdown on prize draw mail scams, the county council has confirmed.The action is part of an initiative launched by the National Trading Standards Scams Team and Royal Mail to return seized responses to mail scams before the money reaches the hands of scammers. The initiative has gained the support of Powys County Council’s Trading Standards Service, which has visited those residents to inform them they have...
20 Oct 2014
TSI response (PDF 146KB). TSI has submitted a detailed response identifying deficiencies in the proposed Regulations and also in the proposed Guidance Notes.  
20 Oct 2014
The owner of a DVD and CD shop selling counterfeit copies of Bollywood movies was sentenced to eight months in prison at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on 2 October.Mr Avtar Singh Malhotra, owner of Unit 1 Palika Bazaar, 39 The Broadway, Southall was prosecuted for possessing 147 DVDs and 19 counterfeit CDs which were seized by Ealing trading standards officers at two separate raids on 7 September and 24 October 2013. Malhotra was found guilty of committing offences under the Trade Marks...
20 Oct 2014
More than 6,000 people have had money returned to them as a result of a new crackdown on prize draw mail scams. This action is part of an initiative launched in June by the National Trading Standards Scams Team and Royal Mail to return seized responses to mail scams before the money reaches the hands of scammers.   So far over 6,000 items of mail have been returned as part of the operation in the UK and more than £108,000 has been...
15 Oct 2014
TSI's Consumer Codes Approval Scheme was designed to raise standards within specific industries. In the October edition of TS Today we look at two case studies to explore how the system is working to serve both businesses and consumers.Read the article here - and why not subscribe for free to be sure you never miss out again!
13 Oct 2014
The 2013 -14 TSI Tobacco Control Survey is now out and shows changing trends in trading standards activities in this area.For the first time in over ten years of data collection, the most common tobacco control activity is not that in relation to underage sales but instead tackling the supply illicit tobacco.  91% of the responding councils have taken action in relation to illicit tobacco and 88% in relation to preventing under age sales of tobacco products.  The report also...
13 Oct 2014
An investigation by Surrey Trading Standards Service has demonstrated the benefit of taking a robust line when a defendant breaches a restraint order issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act and has been warmly welcomed by the Financial Investigation community.The two defendants, Mr & Mrs A, are currently charged with a number of frauds against elderly and vulnerable victims and substantial money laundering offences. The charges relate to property maintenance and repair work. A restraint order was obtained at Guildford...
9 Oct 2014