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A Liverpool man caught with a stash of 38,000 counterfeit items has been ordered to pay more than £76,000 following a case brought by Warrington Borough Council. Bernard O’Toole of Princess Drive, Liverpool, was ordered to pay a total of £76,720.55 after admitting criminal offences concerning counterfeit clothing and footwear. O’Toole had been caught on the M62 motorway at Birchwood (1) with two large bags of counterfeit Ralph Lauren tracksuits, plus the badges and labels required for counterfeiting UGG boots and £4,745...
13 Mar 2014
 On 10 March 2014 Leeds Magistrates Court imposed a fine and costs of £13,515 on Margaret Martin and her business EdAble Art Limited for selling cupcake glitter, made of plastic normally used for drinks bottles, as an edible decoration. Margaret Martin, Director of EdAble Art Ltd sold decorative glitter, meant for use on greetings cards, to sugar craft suppliers and cake shops in such a way as to make them believe it was suitable for consumption. The Court heard how Margaret...
13 Mar 2014
 This week, the West Yorkshire Trading Standards SAFER (Scams and Fraud Education for Residents) Project Team have been shortlisted for the Credit Today Awards under the Fraud Prevention Team of the Year category. The team join 153 other finalists, from every sector of the credit industry, who have been recognised for demonstrating high quality innovation and best practice in the field. The accolade comes after an outstanding 15 months for the trail blazing project ,which is funded by the Big Lottery...
11 Mar 2014
A Powys farmer has been convicted and fined for his failure to collect and securely store his fallen livestock pending their final disposal to an approved fallen stock collector.Jeffery Winston Rogers, of Blaencurdy Farm, Newchurch, Kington pleaded guilty after being charged with six offences under the Animal By-Products (Wales) (Enforcement) (No.2) Regulations 2011, with a further 70 other offences being taken into consideration.He was sentenced by Brecon Magistrates Court on Thursday 6 March where he received a £500 fine for...
11 Mar 2014
“Any rogue trader activity will be dealt with severely by government law enforcers” – that’s the message from Powys County Council following a successful Proceeds of Crime hearing.The warning was issued by the council’s trading standards service after it carried out a Proceeds of Crime investigation following a successful prosecution of a Carmarthenshire builder for targeting vulnerable elderly people.  Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court ordered the handing over of approximately £80,000 of the trader’s assets as well as a further £41,000...
7 Mar 2014
City of York Council has today (6 March 2014) at York Magistrates Court successfully prosecuted an unlicensed tattooist operating from unregistered premises. Andrew Dennis of 3 Cygnet Street, York was charged for and pleaded guilty to two offences of carrying out tattooing without being registered and operating from unregistered premises on 23 July 2013 and 13 August 2013. The Chair of the bench told Mr Dennis that his actions had been “a substantial risk to health and even death to members of...
7 Mar 2014
TSI response (PDF 187KB). TSI agrees with the need to maintain legislation ensuring minimum meat contents for products using reserved descriptions. TSI also agrees with the proposed new enforcement regime.
6 Mar 2014
A convicted loan shark has been ordered to pay back all of his available assets to the courts, following a financial investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team. Giovanni Caruso, 43 of Foley Street, Fenton in Stoke on Trent had assets amounting to £41,000. He must pay back this amount within six months or face a further 18 months in prison. Caruso was investigated by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Stoke on Trent City Council. In April...
6 Mar 2014
On 4 March 2013 at Redhill Magistrates Court, carpet cleaner Steven Mark Flynn from Bournemouth pleaded guilty to three offences under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.In December 2012, a 53 year old female Surrey resident received an unsolicited phone call from Southern Counties Cleaning Group informing her that there was a special promotional offer to have the carpets in two rooms cleaned for £20.00.  The resident was tempted by this offer and enquired how much extra it...
6 Mar 2014
A 51 year old woman who operated as a loan shark in Manchester has been sentenced to three years in prison, following a hearing at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (3 March). Sandra Dawn Lowe, of Arnott Street, Hulme was investigated by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Manchester City Council.Last month, she was remanded in custody after being convicted of 16 counts of illegal money lending and money laundering following an 18 day trial at Manchester Crown...
6 Mar 2014