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SCOTSS today releases their report on Scottish councils' activities in respect of the Enhanced Tobacco Sales Enforcement Programme, supported by the Scottish Government.The ETSEP has been running since 2008, and supports an enhanced programme of enforcement activities by Scottish trading standards against the sale of tobacco to young persons.  It also supports the more recent changes introduced such as the tobacco display ban and vending machine ban.Chairman Tony McAuley said: "SCOTSS is delighted to continue to work to assist the Scottish...
1 Jul 2014
At the launch of the Trading Standards Institute's (TSI) annual Conference, TSI announced a new medal to honour those within the trading standards profession who have made great sacrifices at home and during conflict. Named the 'Lt Den Brotheridge Medal', in honour of a Weights and Measures Office who was the first Allied combatant to die on the D-Day landings, the award allows TSI to mark the centenary year of the First World War and 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion...
1 Jul 2014
Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) have arrested three men in dawn raids as part of an ongoing investigation into counterfeit car paint application systems.Officers from the City of London Police unit, supported by Thames Valley Police and Gwent Police, raided residential and business properties across Oxfordshire and South Wales believed to be connected in supplying counterfeit versions of the industry-leading 3M™ PPS™ Paint Preparation System.Three men, 60, 44, 33 were arrested at their homes in Banbury...
24 Jun 2014
A year ago, in TS Today we outlined our proposal to move to a family of publications, including a digital version of TS Today. Our ambition was to refine our communications, and we asked what you thought. The consensus was for a wonderful printed magazine and a digital version, in line with the rising use of tablets, smartphones and apps, to make TS Today content accessible on the move. We took the discussion to TSI council – which largely reiterated these...
24 Jun 2014
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has assisted Europol and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to seize 188 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The 188 domain names were seized last week as part of project ‘In Our Sites (IOS) - Transatlantic 4’. The websites were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit products. The operation was coordinated by Europol for the participating EU Member States...
23 Jun 2014
New Which? research reveals the best and worst places to buy glasses, with local independent opticians coming top and some of the well-known brands falling down. They surveyed more than 5,000 Which? members about using an opticians and found:Local independent stores came top with a customer score of 88%.Members-only store Costco came a very close second with a score of 86%, performing highly on timekeeping, product quality, price and value for money.Optical Express came in last place with just 59%, falling...
23 Jun 2014
New Which? research has revealed what can happen to your car when you hand your keys to airport meet-and-greet companies and whether they’re really worth the money.They fitted GPS trackers to cars left with three private meet-and-greet providers at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports. Our trackers followed where they went and how fast they were driven for six days.Which? found: Of the three private meet-and-greet companies they looked at, Meteor Meet and Greet in Stansted, drove our car at nearly 100mph...
23 Jun 2014
As the result of a partnership between the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, tobacco detection dogs have discovered 24100 cigarettes and 25.3 kilos of hand rolling tobacco with a total value of over £7500. The illicit products were seized during inspection raids in Bradford City Centre  and Armley, Leeds on 18th June, conducted by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and attended by HMRC officials during Operation Henry. Operation Henry, which runs...
20 Jun 2014
52 year old man from Hartlepool has been charged with illegal money lending, money laundering, blackmail, attempted grevious bodily harm and criminal damage, following an investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team.The suspect was arrested in January this year after the Team working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council and assisted by Cleveland Police executed a warrant at his home. During the search they seized documentary evidence.He is due to make his first appearance at Hartlepool Magistrates Court at...
20 Jun 2014
Investigators from the National Trading Standards eCrime team based in York and North Yorkshire have brought a national travel company and its sole director to justice. TravelnTravel.co.uk lured consumers with the promise of cheap flights, but failed to honour them. At York Crown Court today (12 June 2014) His Honour Judge Kearl QC sentenced Travel n Travel Ltd to £200 on each of the five offences. Judge Kearl said that Ms Meer was a director of the company and the figurehead...
20 Jun 2014