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An illegal “scratcher” who tattooed people in her home when she was not registered to do so has been prosecuted by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Environmental Health department.   The successful case against Lisa Gough, of Bryntirion once again highlights the ongoing, proactive work being undertaken by Council officers, responding to the concerns of residents and also those tattoo businesses that work hard to operate within the law.   In August last year, officers received reports that Lisa, aged 36, was tattooing people in...
2 May 2014
A ground-breaking new partnership has been launched to strengthen the ongoing proactive and enforcement work that protects residents and communities, while also supporting businesses.   For the first time, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil Councils have joined forces across their Trading Standards provisions, meaning the two authorities can work together, as and when is needed, for the benefit of residents across both areas.   This means all Trading Standards officers from both county boroughs now share resources and can operate/work/enforce across both county...
2 May 2014
Will you accompany the Three Lions to the World Cup this summer? And if so, do you know what to expect as a consumer in Brazil? Now you can leave the UK for a summer of football, safe in the knowledge that you are protected with the Consumer's Guide to the World Cup.Produced by the network of European Consumer Centres in collaboration with PRO TESTE, the Brazilian Association of Consumer Defence, the guide informs you about your rights as a consumer in...
1 May 2014
Eight men have pleaded guilty to a variety of offences relating to the sale of illegally imported cigarettes and counterfeit tobacco in Peterborough.The men were charged following an operation led by Peterborough City Council Trading Standards and supported by HM Revenue and Customs and Cambridgeshire police.Officers raided a number of premises in Peterborough on November 15 last year and recovered more than 38,000 illegal cigarettes and 11kg of tobacco.Eight men appeared at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (30 April). All...
1 May 2014
Scams Awareness Month is running throughout May to warn about the fraudsters preying on hard-up householdsFraudsters are “picking the pockets” of up to four million people each year, finds new research from Citizens Advice.The charity warns that as people across the country struggle to make ends meet they are being sized up by devious con artists. Scammers are targeting the elderly and desperate people with squeezed finances to swindle them out of their money.Fraud offences in England and Wales rose...
1 May 2014
Cumbria County Council’s trading standards has praised tobacco sellers in North Cumbria after all five premises that were visited recently passed an undercover test purchase operation. All five retailers from across Carlisle and Longtown successfully challenged the 16 year old volunteer for proof of age identity before refusing to sell them tobacco. Mike Smyth, Public Protection Manager at Cumbria County Council, said: “I am pleased to see that the retailers tested complied with their legal obligations. Our staff work closely with traders...
30 Apr 2014
TSI response (PDF 171KB). TSI believes that labelling should be harmonised - this would benefit both businesses and consumers. TSI also agrees that guidance material would increase the clarity of legislation for both farmers and enforcement officers.    
30 Apr 2014
Throughout May, West Yorkshire trading standards is warning residents to be on the look out for rogues who are ripping people off under the guise of various seemingly legitimate offers. West Yorkshire trading standards has seen the emergence of scam mailings, bogus emails and fraudulent phone calls, brought to light through a series of interactive workshops being delivered across the district to local residents. As part of the financial Fitness initiative being delivered across Kirklees, Leeds and Bradford, community members have been...
30 Apr 2014
Trading standards officers are starting a drive this week to help caterers and takeaway operators act responsibly in informing the public about food ingredients so that allergy sufferers are not at risk.Officers will be starting a countywide programme of visits to establishments to coincide with National Allergy Awareness Week, which runs from 28 April to 4 May. Cumbria trading standards officers will be visiting takeaways and caterers  to advise them on the dangers of food allergies and how they need...
30 Apr 2014
Cash confiscated from convicted loan sharks has been awarded to four local projects. The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Wiltshire Council launched the Your Choice scheme to give residents a say in how money confiscated from convicted loan sharks is under proceeds of crime legislation is spent. Around 130 votes were cast online, with the public choosing Wiltshire Credit Union as the overall winner. They will receive £1000 to create promotional literature promoting themselves as a safe...
29 Apr 2014