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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
TSI / ACTSO response (PDF 549 KB). TSI and the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers are disappointed that the revised incident plan fails to identify food fraud and authenticity as a strong thread running through the plan. The lack of consideration of the criminal aspects of a food incident can be seen through a number of absences perceived throughout the document.
10 Jan 2014
TSI response (PDF 235KB). The TSI Lead Officers for Agriculture, Animal Health and Welfare, and Food and Nutrition have composed this detailed response to proposals to replace European Regulation 882/2004.
10 Jan 2014
Recent bad weather has seen rogue tree surgeons taking advantage of vulnerable customers worried that high winds could bring down trees, causing injury and damage to property.  Croydon’s trading standards team, after learning of an elderly victim who fell foul of one company’s sharp practice, is warning residents to be aware of the possibility of contractors acting unscrupulously. A 73-year-old Selsdon woman, concerned about a tree on her property, responded to a flyer left at her address. She called the company and...
10 Jan 2014
A 40 year old man been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, following an operation in Sunderland this morning.The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Northumbria Police executed a warrant at a residential address in the Washington area seizing cash and documentation.The suspect is currently in custody assisting officers from the Team with their enquiries.James Blackburn, Portfolio Holder for City Services, Sunderland City Council said “Anyone who suspects unlicensed money lending should...
10 Jan 2014
A rogue trader, whose behaviour was described as “insidious”  and  “amongst the worst of its kind” has been issued with a court order and been told to pay over £16,000 in legal costs, after a successful application was made by Bedford Borough Council. Mohammed Shamrez, 28, of Bromham Road, operates Express Plumbing Limited and also trades as London Emergency Plumbers and has been the subject of numerous stories in the local, regional and national press and television. At a hearing on 30th...
9 Jan 2014
The No Cold Calling Zone (NCCZ) in Slack Head near Milnthorpe is being refreshed by Cumbria County Council Trading Standards and Cumbria Constabulary. This zone was created several years ago and is being re-launched with new road signs and residents have been given stickers to display in their windows. The zone gives a clear message to traders that they are entering into an area where residents have decided that they will not buy on the doorstep, and that the callers are...
8 Jan 2014
A Newtownabbey car trader was today (7 January) fined a total of £1,000 at Belfast Magistrates' Court.In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mark Batsford, Whitewell Court, Newtownabbey pleaded guilty to seven charges under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 for operating as a ‘hidden car trader’ and failing to disclose that cars for sale were category C or D insurance losses.In May 2012, Trading Standards began an...
8 Jan 2014
The Wales Heads of Trading Standards (WHoTS) and Swansea Council secured 14 convictions in a landmark case against staff at a firm charged with conspiracy to defraud the public. WHoTS is part of a National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) initiative aimed at targeting rogue trading, doorstep crime and scams. The council brought the charges against 17 people who had posed as telesales agents for Sky and were attempting to sell unsuspecting customers insurance cover plans they did not need, misleading them...
2 Jan 2014