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The City of York Council-based Scambuster team has been honoured in a national award scheme for the recovery of assets and proceeds of crime, the National Crime Agency has announced today (2 April 2014).The elite trading standards team which works out of City of York Council, was awarded two honours for the nationally-important Keith Hughes Awards 2013:  Runner up for the Individual award - Sue Rumford (Team Leader of the Scambuster team, Yorkshire & Humber Trading Standards, based at City...
3 Apr 2014
A team that will regulate the work carried out by estate agents across the UK started its new role on 1 April, Powys County Council has announced. The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) takes over the enforcement role from the Office of Fair Trading, which was disbanded on Monday (31 March). Powys County Council’s and Anglesey Council’s Trading Standards Service submitted a joint proposal to deliver the NTSEAT, which was the successful bid out of six considered by the National...
3 Apr 2014
A national company who are a major supplier of fireworks to the retail trade were found guilty on 27 March 2014 at Bristol Magistrates Court of the offence of selling a large quantity of fireworks to a person who did not hold a licence to store them.Echo 2 Ltd, who are the owners of the firework brand ‘Dancing Red Devil’ were convicted for an offence under The Health and Safety at Work Act. They were fined £12,000, with a victim...
2 Apr 2014
 West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service in partnership with West Yorkshire Police are slowly winning an ongoing battle to tackle traders selling illegally-copied films. In the past 12 months, following up on complaints received from the general public and local businesses, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service has tackled seven Bradford-based DVD shops and one Leeds-based DVD shop over the illegal sale of copied DVDs. Further operations are planned in the near future. On Wednesday night (26 March) officers from Trading Standards and West...
1 Apr 2014
Infringing Website List (IWL) launched to disrupt advertising revenue on illegal websites across the globe. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) based in the City of London Police has today called upon advertisers and brand holders to continue to support its work to tackle Intellectual Property crime following the launch of its Infringing Website List (IWL).  The IWL, the first of its kind to be developed, sets out to disrupt the advertising revenues on illegal websites globally.  This unique initiative...
31 Mar 2014
A national e-crime team, based in Yorkshire, has brought what is believed to be the first ever successful prosecution in the UK of a defendant involved in the Microsoft computer scam. On Friday 28 March, the defendant, Mr Mohammed Khalid Jamil, was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and fined £5000.  Jamil was also ordered to pay £5665 in compensation to his victims and £13929 in prosecution costs.Specialist e-crime investigators from the National Trading Standards eCrime Team...
31 Mar 2014
Simon Seaton of Ashleigh Gardens, Leeds was sentenced to 8 months in prison on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at Leeds Crown Court for copyright and fraud offences after an investigation concluded by West Yorkshire Trading Standards. The investigation commenced by Trading Standards after receipt of a complaint from PRS for Music who act to license and secure the rights of composers, authors and publishers of music. Seaton was involved in administering a subring on a secure website which routinely supplied...
28 Mar 2014
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has dismantled a suspected criminal group believed to be importing and selling a wide range of fake fashion goods, in a joint operation with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).   Two men were arrested and their Merseyside homes searched, in a series of raids on 25 March by the unit based at the City of London Police - the National Lead Force for Fraud, with support from Merseyside Police.The...
27 Mar 2014
TSI response (PDF 85.6KB). TSI expresses concern that any activity in which a trading standards officer might be involved in an attempt to replicate the consumer experience (for example test purchasing) should not be restricted.
27 Mar 2014
A second Cold Calling Control Zone has been set up in Horsforth to protect the residents of King Edward Avenue from Cold Callers, which has been funded by Horsforth Town Council.   In recent years, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and partner organisations such as the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Neighbourhood Watch, Area Committees and local housing associations, have worked together to establish Cold Calling Control Zones. These have been funded, at no cost to residents, in areas where the community has suffered at...
27 Mar 2014