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A farmer has been sentenced to a total of 120 hours community service after pleading guilty at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 15 May) to two charges relating to animal welfare. Russell William Bowman, of Castlerigg Farm, Armathwaite, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to one offence under the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 of transporting an animal in a way which caused, or was likely to cause injury or unnecessary suffering. He also admitted a further charge of failing to ensure...
16 May 2014
A Birmingham jeweller was sentenced earlier this week to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay a total of £25,000 after pleading guilty to 17 offences, under the Hallmarking Act 1973, Trade Marks Act 1994 and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Amjad Mahmood Yousif, trading as Crown Jewellers at 39 Formans Road, Sparkhill, was ordered to pay £11,281 in costs, a further £13,718 under the Proceeds of Crime Act and to complete 120 hours unpaid...
15 May 2014
Cumbria County Council’s trading standards team has once again held the successful Consumer Challenge Quiz which educates young people with how to be consumer savvy. The event was held again this year last Friday (9 May) at Penrith Leisure Centre. The main aim of the quiz was to encourage and help school pupils with moderate learning difficulties become more confident consumers and be more aware of their shoppers’ rights, plus other issues which will affect them including safety, the environment and legal...
14 May 2014
Peterborough City Council Trading Standards has issued a warning to motorcyclists over potentially unsafe helmets.A small quantity of the helmets were seized from a local supplier in the Peterborough area as part of an ongoing investigation, but city council Trading Standards officers are concerned they may have been sold elsewhere. Officers are urging anyone who has bought one to stop using it immediately and return it to their supplier. The helmets concerned are Jiekai model JK 100 or JK 1000.Tests on...
13 May 2014
A 49 year old woman who operated as a loan shark in Fulham, has been sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years following a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court. Arlyn Prizada was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay back all of her available assets, worth £24,842 under proceeds of crime legislation. Prizada, of Lillie Road pleaded guilty to illegal money lending and money laundering at a hearing in February. She was investigated and...
12 May 2014
Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) arrested two people in Lancashire yesterday (8 May) morning following an investigation into a suspected counterfeit CD operation believed to be making tens of thousands of pounds.A man, 28, and woman, 27, were arrested at their home in Morecombe, Lancashire after morning raids by the City of London Police unit.The pair were arrested on suspicion of selling illegally copied CDs including hits from US superstar Beyonce to the latest chart topping...
9 May 2014
TSI response (PDF 98.8KB). Trading standards services are responsible for enforcing the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2003 (PERR). If a new standard for refuse-derived fuel (RDF) were to be produced it would be likely to complement businesses' existing obligations under PERR and the existing standards for recoverable packaging - this potential combination could lead to keep more waste out of landfills and could in turn improve the quality and quantity of RDF available from businesses.    
8 May 2014
National Consumer Week (NCW) 2014 will start on Monday 3 November. This year's theme is doorstep crime with a focus on encouraging friends, neighbours and carers to intervene when they suspect  vulnerable neighbours and relatives are, or could become victim of doorstep crime.At the launch of Scams Awareness Month in May, the TSI blog featured a case study about a Cambridge man, Chris Jones, who worked with other family members to stop scammers from contacting his father. By the time...
6 May 2014
Advance fee fraud is when scammers target victims and ask them to make payments for goods, services or loans that do not materialise. As part of Scams Awareness Month, West Yorkshire trading standards is warning the public of a serious rise in the number of people being defrauded by advance fee loan scams. Loan scams happen when a victim is asked to pay an upfront fee for a loan. A person will typically reply to an advert for a fast loan they...
6 May 2014
Illicit cigarettes and counterfeit tobacco have been seized in a county-wide sting.The multi-agency operation on the supply of Illegal tobacco took place this week, with officers conducting a number of house visits in Workington, Carlisle and Dalton in Furness. Trading standards officers supported by the North West Illicit Tobacco Team and Cumbria Police visited eight residential addresses to search for tobacco products not intended for UK distribution. Officers recovered 3,360 illicit cigarettes which were incorrectly labelled and not intended for sale in...
2 May 2014