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
The rapidly growing online and app-based games’ industry should not be pressuring children to make in-game purchases, according to new sector-wide principles published for consultation by the OFT. The eight principles also state that consumers should be told upfront about any possible in-game costs or advertising, and any important information such as whether their personal data is to be shared with third parties. They also make clear that in-game payments are not authorised, and should not be taken, unless the...
26 Sep 2013
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