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Trading Standards Institute's (TSI) Andy Foster, director of operations and policy, has been appointed a consumer panel member for the Legal Services Board (LSB) starting 1 November 2013.The LSB is the independent body responsible for overseeing the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales. The consumer panel looks to maintain a market where everyone can access high quality and affordable legal services that meet their needs.Foster said: "I am delighted to be joining the panel at such an important time...
28 Oct 2013
A Somerset-based food manufacturer found to have sold beefburgers containing meat species other than beef has been prosecuted by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.Penny Lane Foods Limited of Yeo Road, Bridgwater, pleaded guilty at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court to two charges of selling food, with a label that described the food as “Texas Beefburger”, which was likely to mislead as to its true substance. The company was fined £1,000 per offence and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £100 victim surcharge, amounting to...
28 Oct 2013
TSI response (PDF 127KB). TSI identifies the three main types of crime affecting older people (mail, telephone, and doorstep scams - a fourth, e-crime, will join these three soon) and presents evidence to illustrate their consequences - poverty, depression, suicide, and early admission to residential care.  
25 Oct 2013
Trading standards officers have been praised for their role in the discovery of an imprisoned young girl in Salford. Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart has welcomed the jailing of a man who raped and imprisoned a young girl for nearly 10 years.Ilyas Ashar (01/01/29) of Cromwell St, Eccles, was previously found guilty of 13 counts of rape following a re-trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.He had earlier been found guilty of two counts of trafficking people for exploitation and three offences...
25 Oct 2013
 Boroughs across South East London plan to curb the sale of illicit tobacco after a recent report found that 114 million illicit cigarettes with a street value of over £22million are sold annually in the region by organised criminal gangs. The new campaign involving the police, fire service, community safety, health and trading standards teams from Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark will raise awareness of the health and fire risks associated with the illegal trade, as well as its...
22 Oct 2013
Three people have been convicted of running an unlicensed money lending business, following a 12 day trial at Chester Crown Court.The trio were investigated by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Cheshire Police Financial Investigation Unit, Warrington and Halton Borough Council and Knowsley Borough Council. They will be sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Thursday 7th November. John Radford, 57 from Great Sankey in Warrington, Paul Holman, 35, from Halewood in Knowsley and Sindy Hope, 50 from...
18 Oct 2013
Worcestershire County Council is proposing to cut 80% of its funding for trading standards services over the next three years as local government spending cuts are implemented, potentially opening the door to rogue traders, counterfeiters, loan sharks and illicit substances.   The proposals will go before the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Performance Board on 24th October along with other proposals aimed at saving the Council around £90M from its £334M total budget over the forthcoming years. Trading Standards is currently part of...
17 Oct 2013
A Belfast motor trader was today (15 October) fined a total of £600 and £40 costs at Belfast Magistrates’ Court and redress of £2,500 was paid by the trader to the consumer who had bought the car.In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service (TSS) of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Robert Brown, who trades as BB Autos, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.In May 2011 in response to...
16 Oct 2013
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is bringing the National Trading Standards Conversation to a town near you. Facilitated by Lynn Faulds Wood, the well known TV presenter, the conversation is intended to allow your region to provide input on how to protect consumers and support businesses at a time when national cuts are impacting the consumer landscape. As part of a nationwide discussion, TSI will focus on: developing the best structure for trading standards; the sharing and obtaining of intelligence; ensuring...
15 Oct 2013
Marilyn Baldwin, founder and campaigner of anti-scam mail charity Think Jessica, has won ITV Lorraine's Inspirational Woman of the Year Award. The award is a part of the Women of the Year Lunch Award, which seeks to celebrate the outstanding achievements of British women.Baldwin started the Think Jessica campaign when her mother, Jessica, became inundated with scam mail after she replied to them and was put on a 'suckers list'. Jessica spent the last five years of her life paying...
14 Oct 2013