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The director of a scam targeting private car sellers and uncovered with the help of the York-based Scambusters team, has been ordered to pay back a total £209,789.61 at Wood Green Crown Court. Brannigan of 107 Brookshire South, East Barnet, was convicted in November 2011 for conspiracy to defraud. The victims were sold a bogus service which offered to put people selling cars in touch with identified local buyers, but did not do so.  Brannigan was a director of three businesses...
4 Oct 2013
The organisers of Croft Car Boot Sale have signed up to a partnership with Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service to keep their event free from fake goods.The partnership is part of the national “Real Deal” campaign aimed at keeping sellers of fake goods away from markets and car boot sales.In November 2010 Trading Standards signed up Melton, Loughborough and Hinckley town markets, in order to provide Leicestershire consumers with the confidence that they could only buy genuine goods from...
3 Oct 2013
An online trader who was manufacturing and selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs was today given a four month suspended sentence (suspended for two years) at Magherafelt Magistrates court.In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mr. Terrance Simmons, who traded on eBay and via his own website “My Lady Gaga” pleaded guilty to a total of 8 charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act...
3 Oct 2013
Car Conversion, a company which tried to convert a Mercedes from right-hand to left-hand drive but instead left the car dangerous and unroadworthy was ordered to pay £1,155 in prosecution costs and £5,000 compensation after an investigation by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service and Havering Trading Standards Service.In Court, Magistrates said that the vehicle, (which was so badly damaged that it was ‘beyond economical repair’, with estimated repair costs to be £11,700 plus extras), posed a “very high risk...
3 Oct 2013
During this year's Labour and Conservative party conferences, Trading Standards Institute (TSI), in collaboration with the Financial Ombudsman Service, held Young Consumer of the Year (YCOY) versus MPs and members of the upper house and industry experts competitions. The competitions tested their knowledge on consumer rights, savvy shopping, money and government.In Brighton, at the Labour Party Conference, Hastings' St Leonards Academy sent Natasha Read, Sam Coleman, Nathaniel Allen, Rhys Hodd, to compete against Kat Hodgkinson, Head of External Affairs for...
3 Oct 2013
Two drainage companies have had their premises raided by Southampton City Council’s Trading Standards as part of an ongoing investigation into possible offences under the Fraud Act.Southampton’s Trading Standards supported by the Police and colleagues nationally has today entered eight premises across Hampshire, Dorset and London as part of an investigation into the activities of individuals connected with 1st Active Drainage Ltd and Fast Response Maintenance Ltd.Warrants were obtained for the companies’ business premises in West Street Ringwood plus addresses...
1 Oct 2013
In a case brought by Wirral Trading Standards, Mr Michael O’Brien of 85 Riverside Park, Garden City, Deeside pleaded guilty to two offences under Consumer Protection Legislation.   On 31 March 2013, Michael O’Brien trading then as “P & J Drive Specialists” cold called at an address in Greasby, Wirral.  He initially quoted £1,750 to give the consumer’s driveway a makeover but subsequently reduced the quote to £1,500.  P & J Drive Specialists completed the work in a day.  An independent...
1 Oct 2013
TSI response (PDF 16KB). (Defra-supplied PDF of TSI online response). TSI believes that the Strategy sets out a comprehensive range of options for the control of bovine tuberculosis in each risk area based upon scientific knowledge and existing tools. It warns, however, that the introduction of more competition for bovine tuberculosis testing must not compromise quality.
30 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 212KB). This consultation concerns crimes that TSI Members have become increasingly involved with over the past 30 years - counterfeiting and doorstep crime. Doorstep crime exploits vulnerable consumers whose confidence, if not their health, is permanently damaged and sentences should reflect that damage. TSI warmly welcomes the proposals and supports the initiative fully.
30 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 139KB). TSI agrees with the proposal to extend the requirement for filling stations to sell super unleaded petrol.   
26 Sep 2013