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Trading Standards and the Police are working together to clamp down on the sale of alcohol to children.  Yesterday in Barrow, a 14 year old volunteer visited five premises and was served alcohol on three occasions. Anyone selling alcohol to underage people are liable to an £80 fine and further offences could lead to a retailer losing their alcohol licence. Investigations into these sales are on-going. The county wide operation kicked off in west Cumbria and will continue throughout the summer holidays....
25 Jul 2013
Trading standards officers are warning households in North East Lincolnshire to be wary of cold callers. The warning comes after a report of a young male called at the home of an elderly woman and claimed to be from a work programme set up by a young offenders’ institute in Wakefield.He told her he was selling goods so he could add the work to his CV and that he could keep any money he made to pay for equipment he needed...
24 Jul 2013
TSI response (PDF 83.2KB). TSI welcomes the Money Advice Service's plans to develop a new UK strategy for financial capability and the need to collate all the different agencies and methodologies operating in this area. The response mentions TSI's Young Consumers of the Year competition. TSI calls for a review of financial education and the factors influencing financial behaviour.
24 Jul 2013
Officers in Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team working alongside Trading Standards carried out underage test purchasing of alcohol in Cockermouth on Thursday 18th July 2013.The joint operation kicked off in west Cumbria and will be rolled out county-wide during the summer holidays.  The team are using underage volunteers to visit pubs and off licences to check the premises are complying with restricted products legislation.Anyone selling alcohol to underage people is liable to an £80 fine and further offences could lead...
23 Jul 2013
When Leamington Spa holiday firm Russian Gateway went bust in 2012, its customers thought the thousands of pounds they had paid to the business were protected. They were wrong! On Thursday 18th July 2013 Mr Alan Steel (DoB: 04/05/1970) of Willes Road Leamington Spa and trading as Russian Gateway (from the same address) was sentenced to two-and-a half years following a successful prosecution by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.  He was ordered to pay compensation to his victims of £41,000...
23 Jul 2013
People and businesses are being urged to contact the county council if they see an illicit and potentially hazardous type of illicit vodka on sale after six bottles were seized at a Burton shop.The sale of counterfeit alcohol has fallen dramatically over the last two years as a result of a continued operation by Staffordshire’s trading standards team. This has led to 21 prosecutions across the county with the largest fine handed out at £10,000.The latest seizure is a new...
23 Jul 2013
Trading Standards are recruiting volunteers for the ‘Nominated Neighbour Scheme’ which helps householders to feel safe when dealing with unwanted or unexpected callers at home. Many people already keep an eye out for older or more vulnerable neighbours but this scheme provides a formal mechanism to protect against rogue traders and Trading Standards are calling for more volunteers.  The nominated neighbour will often be someone who is already looking out for the householder or a relative and makes the most of...
22 Jul 2013
A man from Nottinghamshire has been jailed for 12 years after the force teamed up with the national distraction burglary intelligence unit.Kevin Gamble, formerly of Costock Avenue, Sherwood, twice targeted a 98-year-old man in Arnold, on the outskirts of the city, within the space of a few weeks in January and February, stealing cash on the first occasion but leaving empty-handed the second time around.Gamble, 53, admitted committing a similar offence in Langley, in the West Midlands, in February. The...
16 Jul 2013
An off-licence in Hull has had its premise licence revoked after counterfeit alcohol and smuggled tobacco was found on the property.Humberside Police and Hull City Council launched a review after owner Balend Ahmad Khader was prosecuted at Magistrates court in May. He was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months with costs of £1,200 for the two offences under the Trade Marks Act and the Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations.On Thursday 24 January, Tobacco Control Officers from Hull City Council,...
16 Jul 2013
Chief Ombudsman Lewis Shand Smith says Ombudsman Services is fit and ready to embrace the challenges of an exciting future in a changing consumer redress landscape.Published on 16 July 2013, the Ombudsman Services’ annual report for 2012/13 reveals that over 19,000 complaints were resolved last year, more than ever before. The report also shows that over 120,000 new contacts, 490 each working day, were received from consumers needing help with a complaint.  Despite the increased demand for services the introduction...
16 Jul 2013