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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
Buster, a collie, and Bertie, a collie-cross, helped trading standards officers uncover hidden stashes at six premises in the borough. The haul included approximately 63,400 cigarettes, 130 packets of tobacco and 25kg of shisha tobacco. Some of the tobacco was examined and found to be mouldy. A batch of 15 pouches of counterfeit '50g Golden Virginia' tobacco was weighed and the average was found to be around 29g , a deficiency of over 40%.!. Trading standards will now carry out interviews to...
15 Sep 2014
A Dorset cattle farmer has been given a prison sentence following an investigation into his failure to register his animals and ensure their movements could be traced as part of animal disease controls. Andrew Morris Newsam (aged 48) of Sydling Road, Cerne Abbas, Dorset was sentenced at Weymouth Magistrates Court, on 11 September, to 24 weeks imprisonment. He pleaded guilty to breaching the Tuberculosis (England) Order 2007 by not presenting an animal for testing and to eight offences under the Cattle...
15 Sep 2014
TSI response (PDF 347KB). TSI supports the decision not to use a derogation to allow entry into the UK of young un-vaccinated animals - such a derogation would make the trading standards task of enforcing the pet travel rules for young animals unmanageable. Subject to appropriate registration and training TSI has no objection to non-veterinarians implanting microchips in pets. For animals suspected of being imported illegally, TSI suggests that there be an offence for possession, advertising,selling, or dealing, as well as...
14 Sep 2014
North East Lincolnshire Council’s trading standards team is set to destroy its haul of 20,000 illicit cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco seized during recent operations across the borough. Trading standards currently have almost 1,000 packets of illicit cigarettes and more than 6kg of illicit hand rolling tobacco in storage that needs to be destroyed. This comes as North East Lincolnshire health and wellbeing board have funded staff within the team to focus on reducing the availability of illicit tobacco. The project which aims to...
12 Sep 2014
City of York Council is returning money to residents which has been intercepted by the National Trading Standards Scams Team during its investigation of fraudulent promotions.The national team has been sorting thousands of mail items from individuals who sent money or cheques to scams including fake lotteries, prize draws or special offers. The mail is now being returned to local trading standards units across the country. York’s trading standards team will be making personal visits to the victims to return their...
12 Sep 2014
A Surrey County Council investigation has uncovered a market in deadly car seats that can kill a child at just 30mph.The council’s trading standards team is warning families of young children not to buy the illegal seats, which are imported from China and fail all UK safety standards.Crash testing done by Britax shows the seats rip apart on impact at 30mph, catapulting a dummy the size of a three-year-old through the front of the car.After following up an initial complaint...
12 Sep 2014
A Birmingham business was fined £35,000 after pleading guilty to one offence relating the sale of non-Halal meat to a trading standards officer, at Birmingham Crown Court today (10 September 2014).Birmingham City Council brought a case against JKY Food Solutions Limited, based at 96 Bissell Street in Highgate, after a box of chicken (weighing 12.03kg) was sold as Halal to an officer.The company, prosecuted under General Food Regulations 2004, was also ordered to pay to £26,910 court costs and £120...
11 Sep 2014
The understanding built up between the council’s trading standards team and bank branches across the borough was instrumental in preventing a pensioner losing thousands to a rogue trader.The attempted scam came to light after an 80-year-old Thornton Heath man was cold-called at home and told that he could renew the guarantee to the exterior wall coating of his house. The coating had been applied between 10 and 15 years previously.The cold caller offered to examine the condition of the coating...
9 Sep 2014
A sniffer dog helped uncover illegal tobacco worth £2,000 during a raid in Crawley yesterday. Pheobe was used by trading standards officers from West Sussex County Council and discovered 260 packets of illicit cigarettes and 103 pouches of loose tobacco at a Crawley business on Monday, September 8. The haul is estimated to have a street value of around £2,000. The officers carried out the raid on the business following a tip off from a member of the public.  An investigation has...
9 Sep 2014