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Three people, who were arrested as part of a multi agency operation cracking down on illegal money lending have pleaded guilty at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court  today (27 June 2013).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, 36 of Maybury Street, Gorton, Manchester, pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal money lending and two counts of money laundering. Mark Weaver, 35 pleaded...
1 Jul 2013
To save money some drivers are turning to part-worn tyres, prompting Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service to test the safety of part-worn tyres on sale across the County. For a part-worn tyre to be legally sold, they must have a minimum tread depth of 2mm all round (the legal limit being 1.6mm), be free of large cuts and bulges and not have any plies or cord exposed. They should also be marked as part-worn before they are sold. Trading Standards Officers...
27 Jun 2013
The organisers of Measham 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 boots sales. In November 2010, the Trading Standards Service signed up Melton, Loughborough and Hinckley town markets, in order to provide Leicestershire consumers with the confidence that they could only buy genuine...
27 Jun 2013
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service continues to receive a large number of complaints from consumers who have signed up to online “free trials” of beauty treatments, slimming products and health products.Consumers receive internet offers of these products and enter their bank details to pay a small amount for postage and packing of the “free” product. They later find out that a much larger amount is taken from their account without their knowledge. Some people have had £70 per month or...
27 Jun 2013
A woman has been given a ‘life-time” ban from keeping horses after being convicted of animal welfare offences. Sarah Coverdale (51) of Charlton Gorse Farm, Fosse Way, Thrussington was also sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work following an investigation by Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.Officers visited the farm in February 2012 and found a horse that was so weak it was unable to stand and had to be euthanized on site.A second horse was removed by Trading Standards and...
27 Jun 2013
A cowboy builder from Newton Abbot has 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.  Devon County Council launched the investigation, supported by Devon and Cornwall Police and the Regional Trading...
27 Jun 2013
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, following an operation in Leeds this morning.The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police executed a warrant at two residential address in the Bramley and Swinnow areas, seizing cash and documentary evidence. The suspects aged 60 and 56 are currently in custody assisting officers from the Team with their enquiries.David Lodge Divisional Manager at West Yorkshire Trading Standards said “Working...
26 Jun 2013
The England Illegal Money Lending Team  (England IMLT) hosted by Birmingham City Council has been awarded the national trading standards and environmental health MJ Award, sponsored by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), for the life-changing and innovative work it is carrying out to stop loan sharks across England.The England Illegal Money Lending Team works in partnership with local trading standards authorities and receives funding from the National Trading Standards Board (NTSB). It...
26 Jun 2013
 Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship annual community education campaign, raising awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them.Christine Heemskerk our lead officer for Product Safety and Chairman of the Institute has contributed to an article on the importance of blind cord safety.The full article can be read here:Blind cord safety articleFor more information on Child Safety Week and how you can get involved then pay a visit to the official website:Child Safety Week DATE:...
25 Jun 2013
A Derbyshire couple, Brian and Kandy Smith, who have been tirelessly campaigning to stop scam mail crime after an elderly family member became a chronic victim, have been awarded a national Hero Award at the Trading Standards Institute’s Conference in Brighton on Thursday 20 June.The pair started the Scams and Prize Cheque Offences (SAPCO) pressure group after Kandy discovered her father, a fiercely independent gentleman, was responding to up to 150 letters per month offering him investment opportunities – and...
21 Jun 2013