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West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service are expecting complaints to rise about doorstep callers following the high winds over the past few days.  The winds have caused damage to properties including roofs, guttering, and fencing. This in turn will create an opportunity for rogue doorstep traders.West Yorkshire Trading Standards are reminding consumers not to deal with traders who call at their homes offering to carry out any repair work.Rogue doorstep traders use various tactics:-Specifically targeting elderly and vulnerable consumersScaring consumers into...
9 Dec 2013
Just six months since its transition from OFT-approval, the Service and Repair Code has passed an inaugural Trading Standards Institute (TSI) audit, giving Motor Codes a strong, public endorsement.   The audit is part of the monitoring and support regime implemented by TSI through the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme (CCAS) – the government’s mechanism of approving and promoting consumer codes to the public.  During the intensive audit, all operational aspects of the Service and Repair Code from subscription process to code...
6 Dec 2013
Mr Thomas Andrew Hall the owner/operator of the now defunct Barbarella’s nightclub/pub on Long Street Atherstone has been successfully prosecuted, fined and has had his personal license to sell alcohol suspended after an undercover operation found the premises to be persistently selling alcohol to children.Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, Warwickshire Police and North Warwickshire Borough Council (Licensing Authority), together took action following local complaints.In 2012 Trading Standards Officers and Police Officers made two separate visits to Barbarella’s to carry...
6 Dec 2013
A shopkeeper who sold potentially dangerous illegal cigarettes at his store in Eastbourne is beginning life behind bars.The 12-month jail term handed to Jahanjir Aywaz is one of the longest sentences handed down for a prosecution for illicit tobacco products in East Sussex.The 27-year-old was caught after officers from East Sussex Trading Standards, working undercover, carried out test purchases at the shop he was running, The Convenience Store, in Brassey Parade, Hampden Park.He was arrested after Trading Standards officers, supported...
5 Dec 2013
 On 12th November 2013 at Willesden Magistrates Court two local men, Shakil Shah and Miten Parmar, were found guilty of selling counterfeit goods online.Shah, 29, of Stag Lane, Kingsbury, and Parmar, 30, of Buckingham Road, Borehamwood, both Directors of Blam Ltd were made to pay a total of £2,536.50 and £1,495.50 respectively in fines and costs, after pleading guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.The court heard that in 2012, Brent & Harrow Trading Standards Service received intelligence,...
4 Dec 2013
More than a quarter of a million illegal cigarettes and gallons of illicit alcohol have been seized and HMRC in a joint operation with Enfield Council’s Trading Standards Team.In all 393,660 cigarettes, 10 kilos of rolling tobacco and 198.75 litres of alcohol such as (TYPW) were seized from a storage unit in Edmonton on 12 November 2013 following a raid with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and a sniffer dog The owner of the products had failed to pay duty...
3 Dec 2013
TSI response (PDF 191KB). TSI believes that the role of trading standards input needs to be critically evaluated, mindful of the new regime and how the checks by the FCA could possibly eradicate the need for trading standards input on low to medium risk traders.
3 Dec 2013
A 46 year old man who operated as a loan shark in Hull as well as committing a string of other offences, has been sentenced to a total of twelve years in prison following a hearing at Hull Crown Court.Darren Wilson, of Appin Close, Bransholme pleaded guilty to seven counts of illegal money lending and two counts of money laundering at a hearing in June.The illegal money lending investigation and prosecution was led by the England Illegal Money Lending Team...
3 Dec 2013
Two electric blankets that had been keeping their owners warm for more than 40 years – but were potentially dangerous – were among more than 60 electrical appliances that failed to meet safety standards over two days of testing.Organised by Croydon Council’s trading standards team, this year’s event took place at two venues over two days last week (23 and 24) and saw more than 100 items – including electric blankets, table lamps, heat pads, toasters, kettles and irons –...
2 Dec 2013
Trading Standards Institute's (TSI) services director Phil Owen has been appointed to the board of the Product Safety and Enforcement Forum of Europe (PROSAFE) putting TSI and the UK at the forefront of European product safety. PROSAFE brings together market surveillance organisations from across the Europe Union (EU) in a cooperative approach to improving product and service safety and market surveillance throughout Europe. During his four-year appointment, Owen hopes to further boost the UK's involvement in the EU's market surveillance coordination efforts."We...
2 Dec 2013