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A 56 year old man and a 50 year old woman have been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending following an operation in Kingston this morning (24 September).The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Kingston Council Trading Standards executed a warrant at a residential property seizing documentation and cash. The suspects are currently in custody assisting officers from the Team with their enquiriesNationally the Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured 266 prosecutions for illegal money lending and...
25 Sep 2013
A men aged 39 has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, whilst a 20 year old man has been arrested on possession of class B drugs with intent to supply,  following an operation in Ipswich last Wednesday (18 September)The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Constabulary executed a warrant at a residential property.The suspects have been released on bail until November whilst officers from the Team and the Police carry...
25 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 210KB). TSI believes that consolidated regulations should make it easier for all concerned to understand the relationship between the different parts of the explosives legislation currently in seperate regulations, although clarification is required concerning fireworks. The proposals may have a negative financial effect on local authorities. 
24 Sep 2013
 Three men who operated as loan sharks in Manchester have been sentenced following a hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today (23 September).At an earlier hearing Ian Parsons, 27 of Lakeside Rise, Blackley, Manchester pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal money lending and two counts of money laundering. Christopher Weaver, 37 of Maybury Street, Gorton, Manchester, pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal money lending and two counts of money laundering. Christopher’s brother Mark Weaver, 35 pleaded guilty...
24 Sep 2013
This month Cumbria Trading Standards Service proved that the internet is no safe haven for those dealing in the illegal trade of counterfeit music. Recent years have seen the collector’s market for vinyl music records increase at an alarming rate. As with any new trend, the presence of counterfeit items was not far behind as Cumbria Trading Standards recently discovered.In February 2012 The British Recorded Music Industry Limited (BPI) received intelligence relating to E-bay based business “Northeast-Vinyl-UK”. Operated by Cumbrian resident...
23 Sep 2013
A Newtownards property broker was today found guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court of copyright infringements and misleading consumers by claiming that his company was actively selling properties each month when it had, in fact, sold none. In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mr Steve Cummings of Motelands, Belfast, was fined a total of £1,000 for two offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) and a further...
23 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 224KB). TSI raises some factors which may affect the accuracy of movement information; agrees that farmers should be allowed to continue to report moves on paper whilst being encouraged to use the electronic system; calls for moves to be reported within 36 hours (as opposed to the 24 hours suggested in the consultation paper); and discusses the use of injectable transponders, believing that they should be limited to either stock that has been signed out of the food...
20 Sep 2013
The ‘greatest overall single recovery of counterfeit goods at any UK market ever’ took place at Wellesbourne Market last weekend. Nearly £3 million worth of counterfeit goods were seized and four arrests made on Saturday 14 September during a joint operation with Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards, Warwickshire Police, HM Revenue & Customs and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency).More than 20 police officers, including members of the Special Constabulary for both Warwickshire and West Mercia forces, were involved in...
18 Sep 2013
Cash confiscated from convicted loan sharks has been awarded to eight projects in Norwich to benefit the community in a variety of different ways. The specialised Trading Standards, England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with Norfolk County Council Trading Standards, Norwich City Council and Cotman Housing provided the ill-gotten gains taken from illegal lenders to local communities.The Team put forward £2000 worth of proceeds of crime money. Norfolk County Council Trading Standards, Norwich City Council and Cotman Housing...
18 Sep 2013
An investigation by Kent Trading Standards has resulted in convictions for two brothers and their shop for selling alcohol and tobacco to under-age customers.Erna Limited, trading as Capitol Express, of Snowden Parade, Maidstone was convicted of selling cigarettes and alcohol to young people following an operation in March 2013. The director, Ferhat Ok, and Bulant Ok, who physically sold the items, were also fined for the offences.KCC Trading Standards undertook a test purchase operation using two volunteers, aged 15 and...
18 Sep 2013