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Vulnerable residents are being offered a specially tailored pack offering guidance on a range of issues, including how to deal with unwanted cold-callers and rogue traders.Croydon’s trading standards team has been working with national charity Centre of Excellence for Sensory Impairment (Coesi) to make an existing information pack accessible to people suffering a sensory impairment, such as deafness or a sight deficiency.The popular doorstep crime information pack is one of the most often requested and distributed information packs supplied by...
29 Apr 2014
TSI response (PDF 177KB). TSi is particularly concerned about the the effects of nuisance calls upon vulnerable consumers. Ofcom has estimated that 5% to 10% of nuisance calls are potentially scams yet the DCMS Nuisance Call Action Plan fails to address this issue. The concept of a series of fines increasing depending upon the severity of breach is commendable.
28 Apr 2014
May is national Scams Awareness Month 2014 and Warwickshire's Consumer Empowerment Partnership is using the month to highlight current scam activity across the County and help consumers and businesses tackle them.Consumers will be invited to freepost or email in the scams they receive, sign up to regular local scam alerts, visit one of a number of scam events being held at shopping centres and receive information and advice to both spot scams and stop them!David Gooding, Chair of the Warwickshire...
28 Apr 2014
‘No Rogue Trader Zones’ are coming to Binley Woods under a scheme operated by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service and supported by Warwickshire Police.The new ‘No Rogue Trader Zone’ will be launched in Binley Woods on Tuesday 29th April. 368 properties located in nine roads in ‘hot spot’ areas across the village will form the new ‘No Rogue Trader Zone’. Police intelligence revealed that there had been 52 incidents of bogus callers over a two year period. ‘Hot spots’ were identified...
28 Apr 2014
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has marked World IP Day by announcing it has suspended more than 2,500 websites selling counterfeit goods since the unit launched in September 2013.These sites were disrupted as part of the City of London Police unit’s Operation Ashiko, working in collaboration with a number of well known brands, brand protection organisations and website registries across the globe including Nominet.The suspended websites purported to sell well known designer goods including UGG boots, GHD hair...
28 Apr 2014
The Approved Cables Initiative is issuing its own warning to the electrical supply chain follow Trading Standards’ announcement that further budget cuts will leave the country open to an influx of dangerous and/or counterfeit goods.Concerned by a Trading Standards Institute (TSI) announcement that budgets are set to be slashed by an average of 40% over the life of this parliament, the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) says that the predicted `influx’ may include sub-standard, counterfeit and non-conforming cable. This is an...
24 Apr 2014
On 16 April 2014 Bradford Magistrates court imposed a fine of £2200, costs of £2856 and victim surcharge of £220 against East Euro Food Centre, 2-12 Whetley Lane, Bradford, BD8 9EG. The store, owned by Shirazi Cash & Carry Ltd was fined £1100 plus £110 victim surcharge and £1428 costs. The director of the company; Esmaeil Rajabie was fined £1100 plus £110 victim surcharge and £1428 costs On 19 August 2013 officers inspected East Euro Food Centre having received a complaint that...
24 Apr 2014
Residents are being urged by Croydon’s trading standards team to make a stand and fight back against scammers.May is national Scams Awareness Month and the council’s dedicated fair trading unit is calling for people in Croydon to be on the lookout for any website, letter, doorstep seller or phone call with a proposal that sounds too good to be true – because the chances are high that it will be a scam. Scams come in lots of different shapes and sizes,...
24 Apr 2014
TSI response (PDF 240KB). TSI welcomes the opportunity to comment upon the proposed rules and is particularly pleased to note the specific emphasis upon the protection of children and young persons. Electronic cigarettes are an alternative to existing tobacco use, not a starting point; any references to positive qualities derived from the use of the product or promotion of smoking or tobacco products should be prohibited. It is preferable to use the term "vapouriser" rather than "electronic cigarette". The rules should be...
22 Apr 2014
A Nottinghamshire conman who took £1,000s from the elderly for selling mobility aids at an inflated price which were often never delivered has been sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on 22 April. John Cooney, 39 of Water Lane, Radcliffe-on-Trent, has pleaded guilty to ten offences of fraud. He has also been ordered to pay £7,776.42 in compensation to victims or their beneficiaries.  The case involved at least 12 victims who ranged in age from 69 to 99 years of age from across the...
22 Apr 2014