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Read about the pioneering trading standards service using facial mapping to catch crooks in the latest edition of our fantastic new digital TS Today.  In this November edition you can also get to know our new TSI chairman Mark McGinty, about TSI's involvement in the party conferences and about alternative dispute resolution in the approved codes. To make sure you never miss the latest news in trading standards subscribe for free now to get your copy straight to your inbox...
6 Oct 2014
TSI response (PDF 181KB). TSI would look for any new measures to be of benefit to consumers and to ensure transparency, but the proposals in this consultation offer very limited options for small businesses. TSI is, furthermore, concerned that the suggested reforms wuold need to be revisited in three years' time when the new Package Travel Directive will need to be implemented.      
3 Oct 2014
Trading standards officers are warning households in North East Lincolnshire to be wary if cold callers offer a new boiler for free under the Government’s Green Deal scheme. The Green Deal is a genuine scheme, but some companies are asking customers for an upfront fee of up to £300. Households have reported that they never actually get the boiler and instead have paid for an expensive assessment that is given for free by other providers. If you would like to know more...
3 Oct 2014
As part of National Consumer Week 2014 we organised a video competition on the theme  Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders. We are delighted to announce the winner to be amateur film maker Kevin Turner, from Reading.  View his winning video Good Neighbours and read the full press release. National Consumer Week 2014 launched on 3 November with a national event in London, and will carry on through the week with local events organised by trading standards across the country. The Good Neighbours...
2 Oct 2014
In a case brought by Wirral Council trading standards, Neil Walker of Borough Road, Birkenhead, admitted three charges of fraud at Wirral Magistrates Court. District Judge Abelson heard that on January 20, 2013, trading then as ‘NW Plumbing, Professional Plumbing and Bathroom Services,’ Walker was asked to provide a quote to replace a bathroom at an address in Eastham. He suggested that the consumers choose what bathroom furniture and tiles they wanted and said he would purchase them on their behalf....
1 Oct 2014
A trader at Ridley Road Market was warned by Hackney Council’s trading standards for making claims that her herbal remedy was a treatment for Cancer.Ms Adenike F Omojola had been selling Moringa Oleifera and claiming that it was a treatment for Cancer. Other claims include that it could be used in the prevention and treatment of other medical conditions including diabetes, arthritis, aneamia, asthma, gastric ulcers, epilepsy and kidney stones. Hackney Council’s trading standards visited the stall holder and advised her...
30 Sep 2014
Mr Christopher Christoforou who traded as ‘Sandmoor Motors’ of 1 Leeds Road, Birstall was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on 23rd September 2014 to a six month custodial sentence in relation to 26 charges including falsely advertising vehicle mileages, misdescribing unroadworthy vehicles as “absolutely fantastic condition”, blanking out advisory items from MOT certificates and not declaring the insurance write off status to customers.Christoforou had pleaded guilty to 26 breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations at an earlier...
30 Sep 2014
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) backs the call by the coroner in the latest BEKO fridge fire death case to reform the system around product safety standards.Coroner Andrew Walker said at the inquest into the death of Santosh Benjamin-Muthiah, who was overcome by smoke at his home in November 2010, that he accepted recommendations put forward by Hertfordshire Trading Standards and London Fire Brigade about the way safety problems are recorded - he will now urge the government to reform...
29 Sep 2014
Any rogue trader will go to prison if they don’t pay back proceeds of crime money – and will still have to pay back the money.That’s the message from Powys County Council’s trading standards service after a Carmarthenshire rogue trader was jailed for 19 months after they failed to pay money back to victims of his rogue trading.Richard Victor Rees, of 12 Pemberton Avenue, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, attended Swansea Magistrates Court on Wednesday 24 September.  He appeared before District Judge...
29 Sep 2014
TSI are attending all three of the main political party conferences and hosting fringe events in partnership with Which? at the Labour and Conservative conferences. The benefits of a presence include communicating with a wide audience including politicians and their advisors, local councillors, party members, the media and other campaigning groups.  The fringe events provide a forum for politicians to speak unscripted about their passions and their policies, showing who really cares about which issues and why. In the relatively informal conference...
26 Sep 2014