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Guilty pleas were entered at Holyhead Magistrates Court on the 26th July 2013 by three farmers in relation to offences of failing to dispose of sheep carcasses without delay. Father and son Huw and Gareth Williams, of Penyrorsedd, Cemlyn, Anglesey, pleaded guilty to specimen offences and were fined £1340 and£1820 respectively with costs of £365 awarded against each.  Gareth Parry of Ty Eiddew, Dublin Street, Tremadog, Gwynedd, pleaded guilty to a specimen offence and was fined £3180 with costs of £360 awarded. On...
2 Aug 2013
Former Cheltenham shopkeeper Bakhttar Abdulah Ali has pleaded guilty to selling illegal tobacco products and been ordered to pay a total of £5,088.64 in fines, costs and victim surcharges. The 35-year-old was found to be selling the illegal products at International Mini Market in Cheltenham High Street between 14th September and 13th October last year.Following an investigation by Gloucestershire Trading Standards Service, Ali was charged with seven offences – one offence under the Trade Marks Act 1994 relating to sales of...
2 Aug 2013
When Kirk Michael Claus was sentenced to three years imprisonment in August 2012 for conspiring to defraud the customers of Chequered Flag Car Sales and money laundering offences the conviction triggered a Proceeds of Crime investigation.Claus was subject to a Crown Court Restraint Order that prohibited him disposing of or dealing with any of his assets pending a confiscation hearing.  Following a hearing at Leeds Crown Court yesterday  (Thursday 1st August) Claus was sentenced to an additional 11 months imprisonment...
2 Aug 2013
A cowboy builder from Newton Abbot has been handed a custodial sentence after pleaded guilty to unfair trading and fraud offences following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service.Exeter Crown Court heard today how Jonathon Mills of Heathfield Newton Abbot (6 May 1967) cheated an elderly Devon resident out of nearly £120k by overcharging her for various building works at her property, including some work which was also unnecessary.Describing him as a “callous, skilful conman” who showed no...
1 Aug 2013
Stop Loan Sharks has released their summer newsletter, featuring a round-up of the latest cases, enforcement and news. Read the newsletter here.The Project, made up of three national teams (England, Scotland and Wales) is funded by the National Trading Standards Board and works in partnership with local Trading Standards Authorities. The Project has so far secured more than 255 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity leading to prison sentences in excess of 165 years. £40.3 million worth of illegal...
1 Aug 2013
Torfaen council’s Trading Standards team took action in the Supreme Court on 9th July in a landmark food labelling case against Cwmbran based butchers, Douglas Willis Ltd. The case has been on-going since 2010 when Torfaen Officers found frozen meat with expired use-by-dates on the packaging and some without labelling at all, making it difficult to know when the use by date would be. Some frozen food was found to be sold 14 months past the expiry date. Douglas Willis...
1 Aug 2013
Responding to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on e-crime published on 30 July, the chairman of the National Trading Standards Board Lord Toby Harris said: "The report makes for worrying reading, reinforcing what we knew already; fraud is increasingly taking place online, gathering pace at a time where the budgets of those tackling these criminals, such as trading standards, are being cut."We identified the 'black hole' last year and created the National Trading Standards e-Crime Centre (NTSECC) to combat...
30 Jul 2013
The England Illegal Money Lending Team in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council and a range of local partners are launching a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.Through the campaign focused around Gainsborough they aim to encourage people to turn away from loan sharks and to report the crime if they have been a victim.Training sessions will be held for frontline staff at West Lindsey District Council’s Benefit and Council Tax departments, Shelter, Job Centre Plus, the...
29 Jul 2013
West Yorkshire’s Trading Standards’ ‘SAFER’ Project has now trained up over 500 PCSOs and Police Officers across the Leeds and Bradford districts in its mission to help protect older and vulnerable residents from falling victim to scammers and fraudsters. Current estimates suggest that scams and frauds cost UK consumers £3.5 Billion each year. West Yorkshire Police and many other local organisations have come on board with the Big Lottery funded SAFER (Scams and Frauds Education for Residents) initiative. The project...
29 Jul 2013
Niche tobacco products such as Gutkha, Zarda or Paan, Nasal snuff, Shisha, Biri or Beedi cigarettes have been in existence for hundreds of years among populations in South America and Southeast Asia. Over time, they have gained popularity throughout the world. However, many people don't realise that these products contain tobacco and just like smoking cigarettes, they are addictive and present serious health risks. A sensation which has rapidly grown in popularity is the smoking of “Shisha” or the waterpipe....
26 Jul 2013