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 An importer that supplied unsafe chargers for electronic cigarettes at Dorchester Market has been prosecuted by Dorset County Council’s trading standards service.On 31 January 2014, at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court, Vapertrails Limited of Alma Road, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 of supplying three different types of unsafe battery charger for use with electronic cigarettes. The products failed the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 with varying degrees of risk to the user. One posed a direct...
5 Feb 2014
A trader who sold unsafe toy bears during the Olympic period has been prosecuted by Westminster City Council and fined a total of £8,700 ordered to pay costs of £5000 and pay £15 towards victims surcharge at Southwark Crown Court.  The court heard that Novelty World Ltd and its Managing Director Ian Malpas supplied a number of soft toy bears to the grab machines situated at the Trocadero during the Olympics with a heart shaped Olympic symbol .  Novelty World...
4 Feb 2014
Two conmen have been jailed for a total of nine years after conning 48 victims, including some from Cornwall , out of tens of thousands of pounds. A third man was given a suspended sentence and ordered to carry out unpaid work. The trio from Newark , Nottinghamshire, operated across the country, including in Cornwall , and were arrested in Ripon by North Yorkshire Police after a resident became suspicious about the men’s claims and quality of work. At York Crown Court on...
3 Feb 2014
Criminal assets worth £213,166.09 have been awarded during a Proceeds of Crime confiscation proceeding after a large-scale, international counterfeiting operation was uncovered by Central Bedfordshire trading standards.The investigation, undertaken in conjunction with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), revealed that an internet sales website offering films, games and music was back up and running after a previous investigation in 2009 had led to significant custodial sentences for two individuals, who claimed that they were working for Chinese who ran the...
3 Feb 2014
TSI response (PDF 200KB). This response is based upon trading standards' experience of businesses run by sole traders and small partnerships who seek assistance and advice regarding obtaining solutions for late payment issues. The single problem encountered most is a fear of loss of future business with a late payer, especially when that late payer forms a large percentage of their income.   
31 Jan 2014
TSI response (PDF 182KB). TSI raises the following concerns / questions: implications regarding environmental weight restrictions; the possible increased temptation to use trailers illegally for commercial purposes which could perhaps be combatted through some form of operator licensing; whether trailers will be subject to tests similar to the stringent VOSA roadworthiness checks carried out on large goods vehicles; and the need for professional training for drivers.
30 Jan 2014
The OFT has today published its final principles for online and in-app games, and given games producers a deadline of 1 April to ensure that their games do not breach consumer protection law. The OFT principles state that consumers should be told upfront about costs associated with a game or about in-game advertising, and any important information such as whether their personal data is to be shared with other parties for marketing purposes.  The principles also make clear that in-game payments are not...
30 Jan 2014
Officers from Trading Standards North West Scambusters, assisted by colleagues from Cheshire West and Chester, Bury, and Stockport Trading Standards, and officers from Great Manchester Police yesterday (Monday) executed a search warrant at business premises in Bury. Acting in response to complaints of fraud by false representation made against a company which purported to be able to obtain council tax refunds for victims - the overwhelming majority of whom are elderly and vulnerable - the operation led to the arrest of...
28 Jan 2014
Mohammed Waheed, aged 21 of Harlow Road, Bradford has today been sentenced by Bradford Crown court to 9 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. Mohammed Waheed was also ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £8266.   The Recorder of Leeds Judge Roger Thomas QC was not satisfied with Mr Waheed’s version of events and in his summing up stated that it was a sizeable operation selling...
28 Jan 2014
The National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) funded Scambusters team aided in an arrest as part of a multi-agency investigation in to car clocking.  It follows a series of raids carried out the morning of Tuesday 21 January, led by Redbridge Council’s trading standards team, police and officers from Transport for London.   The investigation was launched following a number of allegations of car ‘clocking’.  High value cars are being bought and used for leasing and then sold on. The investigation is looking...
24 Jan 2014