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A Blaenau Gwent farmer has received a suspended prison sentence and been banned from owning and keeping livestock for the way he treated, stored and failed to notify authorities about the welfare and condition of his livestock.Now farming communities in Blaenau Gwent and Powys are being reminded by authorities of their responsibilities in ensuring they comply fully with the legislation relating to the way livestock are treated, stored and disposed of correctly.The reminder has been issued by Powys County Council’s...
5 Sep 2014
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) welcomes the Government's acceptance of the Elliott review recommendations published today (4 Sept), but cautions against further cuts to trading standards who will be the eyes and ears of the new food crime unit.According to a workforce survey conducted by TSI and the National Trading Standards Board in March 2014, trading standards services in England and Wales will have suffered an average of 40% cuts over the lifetime of this parliament. Trading standards staffing levels...
4 Sep 2014
A builder who drove a 79-year old Chessington woman to a bank to get thousands of pounds to pay him for poor and unnecessary work has admitted charging excessive amounts.Hugh Christopher Coyle, aged 48, of Clayton Rd, Chessington duped the pensioner into paying him £12,900 for sub-standard work after a small repair job escalated.Lavender Hill Magistrates heard last week that in April last year Coyle approached the woman and told her that her driveway was dangerous and that he could...
4 Sep 2014
Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) arrested two men in Lincolnshire yesterday on suspicion of selling fake computer software discs online.The two men, aged 48 and 45, were arrested at their home in Skegness by detectives from the City of London Police specialist IP unit with support from Lincolnshire Police.The men are believed to have been selling a range of counterfeit computer software online, including products from Microsoft and Adobe, from a dedicated website.Their home was searched...
3 Sep 2014
TSI response (PDF 717KB). TSI states that if the government genuinely wishes to see an improvement in the energy efficiency of domestic and non-domestic buildings then it should assign responsibility to a profession that holds the expertise and and has the resources to make it happen, rather than directing it to trading standards which really is not in a position to take on the responsibility or to deliver the results the government seeks. This response incudes a copy of the 2014...
2 Sep 2014
TSI response (PDF 717KB). TSI states that if the government genuinely wishes to see an improvement in the energy efficiency of domestic and non-domestic buildings then it should assign responsibility to a profession that holds the expertise and and has the resources to make it happen, rather than directing it to trading standards which really is not in a position to take on the responsibility or to deliver the results the government seeks. This response incudes a copy of the 2014...
2 Sep 2014
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man in Manchester this morning (1 Sept 2014) on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites. The 27-year-old is believed to be operating streaming sites that allow unlawful access to subscription only TV services which is costing industry more than £10milllion. The man was arrested at his home in the North West by the City of London Police’s specialist IP unit where detectives found evidence of an industrial size...
2 Sep 2014
A Suffolk supplier of pond and aquarium equipment has been ordered to pay more than £83,000 after admitting a string of offences. Following an investigation by Suffolk Trading Standards, Aquatix-2U-Ltd of Old London Road, Copdock, admitted four offences of possessing dangerous products in September 2012 and two offences of unauthorised use of a trademark on aquarium heaters in September 2013. The company also admitted five offences relating to breaches of electrical safety and consumer protection regulations in September 2013. At a sentencing...
29 Aug 2014
Following the successful prosecution by City of York Council in March this year of an unregistered tattooist, the council has taken action against another unauthorised tattooist who has been sentenced today (28 August) at York Magistrate’s Court and fined £820.Mark Chambers is being prosecuted for tattooing people without being registered with the council as a tattooist and tattooing from premises (his home) which was also not registered in contravention of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. A member of the...
28 Aug 2014
Scammers could come to a sticky end thanks to the launch of warning stickers by Croydon Council’s trading standards team. The stickers, designed to be applied to cheque books and domestic telephones, contain helpful advice and information designed to help protect residents from scams.Research by the Office of Fair Trading shows that scammers have targeted half the UK population, conning three million people every year at a cost of £3.5bn annually.Sadly, some victims of these heartless crooks have lost their life...
27 Aug 2014