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A Blaenau Gwent 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.  Terrance John Tapscott, of Lower Farm, Tredegar, appeared in Newport Magistrates court on November 8, 2013. Mr Tapscott owns a farm known as Lower Farm, Tredegar and in April 2013, officers of Powys County Council (who carry out our animal welfare work under a joint working initiative with Blaenau Gwent Council) were...
29 Nov 2013
This holiday season, the National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) and consumer minister Jo Swinson, are warning consumers to watch out for 12 shopping and contract scams. Ranging from car-clocking to fake charities to counterfeit goods, consumers need to be aware of the length unscrupulous traders will go to in order to cash in on holiday goodwill.Swinson said: 'With so much money being spent at Christmas, people should be on the lookout for scams and ploys to dupe unsuspecting shoppers. Unfortunately, the...
29 Nov 2013
A Welshpool trader who produced counterfeit clothing with Trade Marks on and then sold them over the internet has been prosecuted by Powys County Council.Sharon Louise Vaughan, trading as perfectly personalised4u, pleaded guilty to eleven charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994 in action taking by the council's Trading Standards Service.  The hearing took place at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Court on Wednesday 20 November.Magistrates gave Vaughan a two year conditional discharge (reduced from three years due to the early plea...
28 Nov 2013
 West Yorkshire Trading Standards is celebrating the success of the Motor Trade Partnership after three dealerships in Leeds were awarded Excellent Customer Service Awards for 2012-2013. The Motor Trade Partnership (MTP) was set up to work with West Yorkshire garages in order to improve standards within the motor industry, following an increasing number of consumer complaints in relation to car sales, servicing and repairs. The scheme aims to give consumers the confidence that they are dealing with a reputable trader who...
26 Nov 2013
Andrew Stephen Harris the director of Warwickshire based Shakespeare Classic Line Ltd has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after earlier being found guilty of defrauding his customers. Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service took the successful prosecution after receiving complaints from across the UK.His Honour, Judge Alan Parker, presiding, said that Harris and another director David Keith Evans had been running a “fraud factory” from their base in Hatton, near Warwick, “where victims were processed in...
25 Nov 2013
Three family members have been sentenced to a total of over 110 months in prison for a catalogue of fraud offences against elderly victims across Greater Manchester. In a joint investigation conducted by Stockport trading standards and Greater Manchester Police, Stephen Andrew O'Donnell, Steven Paul O'Donnell and Michael O'Donnell pleaded guilty to offences dating back over two years. Between 1 March 2010 and 31 August 2012, the family members defrauded their victims, who were aged between 56 and 95, out...
22 Nov 2013
TSI response (PDF 165KB). TSI agrees that the Principles laid out in this consultation provide helpful guidance on how those marketing, selling and operating these games should behave. TSI believes, however, that it is essential that the Principles should be associated with the applicable legislation. 
21 Nov 2013
The National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have reached an agreement that trading standards will serve as ASA's legal backdrop. This means the ASA can refer non-broadcast advertisers who continue to break the rules on misleading advertising to trading standards who can consider legal sanctions to bring them into line. The backstop power has been transferred to trading standards following oversight from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which previously fulfilled this role. Any advertiser that...
21 Nov 2013
That is the message from Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service in the wake of a series of test purchase operations.More than one in three retailers sold alcohol to teenagers aged either 14,15 or 16 during test purchase operations that were carried out between July and October (27 attempts by teenagers resulted in 11 sales carried).Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, added: “As part of Alcohol Awareness Week we would also ask parents and carers to...
21 Nov 2013
An online trader who was selling counterfeit Disney DVDs has been given a five month suspended sentence, suspended for two years, at Lisburn Magistrates' court. In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mark Alan Wilson (40) of Hermitage, Culcavy, who traded on eBay, pleaded guilty to nine charges under Section 92 of Trade Marks Act 1994 and 10 charges under Section 107 of Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. Mr Wilson...
20 Nov 2013