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A pair of businessmen who sold skin lightening cream containing a banned substance have been ordered to pay out almost £15,000 in costs and fines after they were prosecuted by Enfield Trading Standards.   Sharafat Hussain, of Fairfield Road, Ilford, and Banaras Hussain, of West Green Road, Tottenham, admitted selling the skin lightening cream, which contained hydroquinone, and pleaded guilty to a total of 11 charges between them of not complying with the Cosmetic Products Safety Regulations at Tottenham Magistrates’ Court on...
26 Sep 2014
TSI’s new chairman Mark McGinty took over the chains of office from John Peerless at the TSI annual general meeting in Duxford’s Imperial War Museum on 25 September.He said: “I feel immensely honoured and privileged to take up the role of chairman and have the opportunity to serve TSI members and the wider trading standards community. “Times continue to be challenging and we need to look forward and face these challenges, not only by demonstrating our value and the important role...
26 Sep 2014
Three Scottish trading standards authorities have won an award for their joint initiative to protect elderly and vulnerable residents from cold-calling scammers.East Renfrewshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Council and Angus Council collected the Association for Public Service Excellence's (APSE) Best Public/Public Partnership Working Initiative award on 11 September. The award follows a series of studies conducted by the councils into call-blocking technology and protecting vulnerable and elderly residents in August 2013. Trading standards officers found that up to 98% of nuisance calls...
25 Sep 2014
Royal Mail and Trading Standards have joined forces to launch a new initiative to tackle scam mail in the postal systemThe joint initiative between Royal Mail, the National Trading Standards Scams Team for England and Wales and Trading Standards Scotland creates a new improved process for cancelling the contracts of companies that send fraudulent mailAlongside this, officers from Trading Standards are holding dedicated training sessions at Royal Mail delivery offices across the UK to improve awareness of  scam mail among...
22 Sep 2014
Coleraine Disc Jockey Michael Stockman, trading as North West Discos, was today (19 September) given a six month prison sentence suspended for three years, following his earlier conviction for nine offences under the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969. Between January 2012 and September 2012 Mr Stockman took a total of £800 in cash from six consumers prior to their weddings or parties. In four of the cases Mr Stockman took cash directly from the consumers after meeting them at their homes...
19 Sep 2014
Muslim residents are being urged by West Yorkshire trading standards service to book their Hajj pilgrimages with a reputable travel agent.West Yorkshire trading standards officers accompanied by an officer from Birmingham trading standards, inspected a number of businesses selling Hajj packages in Bradford and Huddersfield to establish whether they could guarantee their customers’ money would be protected. Birmingham City Council has received National Trading Standards Board funding to make sure British Hajj pilgrims are not being ripped off by unscrupulous...
19 Sep 2014
A licensee who filled an empty bottle of premium vodka with an alternative brand has been prosecuted by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Trading Standards Team.The issue at the Royal Oak in Aberdare was uncovered as part of the proactive inspection work that is carried out by Trading Standards on  behalf of consumers and the wider public, to ensure they are getting what they pay for and that the law has been upheld.A routine inspection of the premises in Incline Top...
19 Sep 2014
Following a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) prosecution, over three trials, nine people have been convicted at Bristol Crown Court of organising and/or promoting a pyramid promotional scheme involving over £20 million pounds. Alex Chisholm, CMA Chief Executive, said;‘As the convictions make clear, pyramid selling schemes where money is generated primarily by recruiting new people to join in, are illegal and criminal.  Anyone thinking of organising or promoting such a scheme risks a criminal record and a spell in prison.‘The...
18 Sep 2014
Vulnerable and unwitting members of the public who have been duped into parting with cash by fortune tellers and palm readers, are being asked to reveal what happened to them.The council’s trading standards team has become aware that con artists – some also trading as astrologists – who claim to be able to reveal secrets about a person’s past, present and future are operating in the borough.Witnesses have told of customers of these scammers who have been left upset and...
17 Sep 2014
Businesses in Powys are being warned of a scam which claims can save businesses paying rates for the next three years.Powys County Council’s trading standards service has issued the warning after businesses in the county have been targeted by unsolicited phone calls.The scam is targeting businesses with a rateable value below £6,000 and currently receives 100 per cent small business rate relief if occupied.The caller states to potential targets that their business will shortly have to pay 50 per cent...
16 Sep 2014