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A father and son who were convicted of operating as loan sharks have been ordered to pay back all of their available assets to the courts, following a financial investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with Lancashire Trading Standards.  James Alston Senior from Preston, Lancashire had assets amounting to £242,522, whilst is son James Alston Junior had assets amounting to £70,761. In a judgement from HHJ Stuart Baker last week, they must pay back this...
20 Nov 2013
The owner of a Welling based beauty salon has been successfully prosecuted in what is thought to be the first case of its kind in the UK - in that it was brought as a direct result of test purchasing by Trading Standards.On Monday 11 November, Bexley Magistrates heard how Mrs Havva Karamanli, 44, of Burnham Road, Dartford, trading as Jealousy Hair and Beauty, Upper Wickham Lane, had breached legislation under the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 by failing to ensure...
20 Nov 2013
TSI response (PDF 90.3KB). TSI feels that it is appropriate for the provisions of 'home slaughter' to include the use of professionally licensed slaughter men. A record should be kept of who carried out the slaughter and the food local authority should be notified.
19 Nov 2013
Which? launches new campaign as latest research reveals that supermarkets are still selling products with dodgy discounts and misleading multibuys.Rising food prices are one of the top worries for consumers, with four in 10 (40%) saying they are likely to cut back spending on food in the next few months. In their latest investigation in to supermarket special offers, eight in 10 (81%) told Which? they are looking out for deals in supermarkets to help them save money.However, Which? found...
19 Nov 2013
Philip Ken SMALL, of Woodlands Park, Ledbury, Herefordshire, appeared at Truro Crown Court yesterday, 14 November 2013 for a Proceeds of Crime hearing. This follows his sentence of 30 months imprisonment on 10 August 2012 for offences of deception under the Theft Act 1968 and of fraudulent trading under the Fraud Act 2006, from which he gained in excess of £100,000.The Court made a confiscation order against Small in the sum of £30,000 in respect of agreed undisclosed assets. The...
15 Nov 2013
In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Mr. Adrian Hillis who traded as DS Cars, Cullybackey and AA Cars, Warden Street, Ballymena was sentenced today to 14 months imprisonment at Ballymena Magistrates Court for a total of eight offences under the Fraud Act.This investigation arose from a Trading Standards Enforcement Exercise conducted into Adrian Hillis’s car trading activities. During the course of the exercise two consumer complaints were also received...
12 Nov 2013
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is taking its successful ‘Get Software Smart: Stay Legal’ campaign to Bury, mirroring similar initiatives across the UK in recent years. The campaign will see FAST work with other enforcement bodies to train and educate law enforcement officers in the region about how to deal with barriers to stamping out rogue traders.The launch event, hosted at Bury Town Hall on 14th November, will offer attendees insights on how to master the legal and investigative...
12 Nov 2013
Three people who operated an extensive illegal money lending business across the North West of England have been imprisoned following a hearing at Chester Crown Court yesterday.John Radford, 57 of Park Road, Great Sankey in Warrington, Paul Holman, 35 from Redpoll Grove in Halewood, Knowsley and Sindy Hope, 50 from Castle Rise in Runcorn were convicted following a 12 day trial of their involvement in the illegal money lending business, between October 2010 and March 2012.Radford was sentenced to 30...
11 Nov 2013
TSI response (PDF 219KB). TSI submitted the attached response to the Public Health England consultation "Knowledge strategy: harnessing the power of information to improve the public's health". Within a couple of hours we received a personal response from the gentleman running the consultation.He wrote: "Thanks very much for your supportive and constructive response and for taking the time to read the Knowledge Strategy. I particularly note your points about supporting our approach on data openness and linkage and our approach to...
7 Nov 2013
 Brent & Harrow Trading Standards entered an innovative partnership with Market Place (Wembley Park) Ltd, called the Real Deal to ensure the new programme of markets planned at Wembley Park operate to the highest standards and are free from fake goods. The agreement, between Brent & Harrow Trading Standards and Market Place -- the company appointed by Quintain to run Wembley Park's new markets and outdoor events -- was officially signed at midday on 31 October by Market Place Chief Executive...
7 Nov 2013