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City of York Council has extended its Alcohol Restriction Zone (ARZ) in the city centre to encompass the whole area within the city wall, plus the railway station, following a city-wide consultation and as part of ongoing work to improve York’s night time economy.The decision session last night (22 January) came about following concern about the growing trend of known street drinkers and others purchasing alcohol from off licences – including the growing number of smaller off-licensed premises – and...
24 Jan 2014
 England Illegal Money Lending Team is campaigning against unscrupulous illegal money lenders, this New Year, to tie in with Step Changes’ National Debt Awareness Week. The Team who are funded by the NTSB and work in partnership with Trading Standards Authorities across England are urging the public to avoid loan sharks at all costs, speak out if they have been a victim and look to safe and legal alternatives such as credit unions. The Team have prosecuted some of the country’s most...
24 Jan 2014
A Brynna car salesman has been imprisoned following a successful prosecution by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for fraudulently changing the mileage on the cars he sold.Anthony James Enoch, aged 35 of William Street, Brynna, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 in that he engaged in a commercial practice which was misleading.Enoch was sentenced by Cardiff Crown Court on hearing evidence of how he sold vehicles with false odometer readings. The conviction followed an...
23 Jan 2014
From one of the 37 million loved-up couples trying to make it a memorable evening to businesses looking to cash in on the occasion, if consumers want to avoid embarrassment, illness and complaints, they need to understand their rights.Based on real-life trading standards issues, the Trading Standards Institute encourages consumers to avoid a Valentine's Day date disaster that could include: Meeting on a dating site, after being scammed out of hundreds of pounds on other dodgy dating sites. Buying tickets to see...
21 Jan 2014
David Taylor of DT Property Maintenance and Electrical Contractors was sentenced to a total of twenty months imprisonment, suspended for two years at Isleworth Crown Court, 10 January 2014. Hackney Council’s Trading Standards took Mr. David Taylor of DT Property Maintenance and Electrical Contractors to Snaresbrook Crown Court after he left jobs unfinished, homes unfit for human habitation, at risk of fire and flood because of dangerous electrical rewiring that required urgent work to put right. In all cases his efforts...
17 Jan 2014
 In February, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) will join other regulatory service agencies at the Year Ahead for Regulatory Services conference. The annual conference brings organisations integral to shaping the regulatory services framework together to discuss shaping the 2014 regulatory services agenda for economic growth and public health.Conference partners include the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health (CIEH), the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).In addition to developing...
17 Jan 2014
Police and Trading Standards officers moved quickly today (Tuesday 14 January) to save a resident from being conned out of £8,000.The resident came into Lloyd’s TSB in High Street, Sutton, to withdraw the money after workmen told him that he needed to replace the wall coating work on his home in Sutton because it contained dangerous chemicals.But staff at the branch felt the withdrawal request was out-of-character and suspicious - and with the permission of the customer - they called...
15 Jan 2014
Debt Awareness Week 2014 (20-26 January), is a new national campaign to get people talking about the money worries that keep them awake at night. The campaign, involving organisations across the UK, sees organisations and support agencies coming together to let people know they’re not alone and that free expert debt help is available. As part of Debt Awareness Week West Yorkshire Trading Standards is working in South and East Leeds delivering a series of workshops that aim to increase money...
15 Jan 2014
Mr Liaqat Ali trading as ‘ABC Bargain Cars’ and ‘AB Bargain Cars’ of Alexandra Road, Leeds has been fined £1,200 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,900 at Leeds Magistrates Court on Thursday 9 January, in relation to a series of offences resulting from his car trading. Two of Ali’s vehicles were sold, or advertised, with false odometer readings. One was advertised as taxed and tested when there was no MOT, and one was described as having a ‘genuine mileage’...
14 Jan 2014
Cash confiscated from convicted loan sharks has been awarded to three local projects. The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Croydon Council provided the cash taken from illegal lenders under proceeds of crime legislation, to local communities, with residents deciding which projects would receive the funding.Nearly 250 votes were cast online and each of the following projects were successful:Turkish Youth and Community AssociationReceived £750 to run drop-in services and workshops on finance, for families who don’t speak...
13 Jan 2014