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Not Sure? Don’t Open the Door!Operation Rogue Trader 2013National Press releasePolice and partners on the streets to catch rogue tradersAcross the UK, rogue traders and pushy doorstep sellers who use fraud to con vulnerable people into paying for unnecessary or vastly overpriced work to their home were targeted in a UK wide day of action on Wednesday 24 April 2013. Police across the country joined forces with Trading Standards services and other government agencies in a campaign to target rogue traders and highlight...
25 Apr 2013
A gang of Chinese rogue traders caught operating in the County Borough have been imprisoned and face deportation following a successful prosecution by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Trading Standards team.Cardiff Crown Court heard how the Council responded to a complaint from a member of the public regarding the sale of counterfeit tobacco in the Hendreforgan area of Gilfach Goch by two individuals.Officers caught Biao He, aged 47 and his girlfriend Yun Shi, aged 39 both of Ninian Park Road, Cardiff...
23 Apr 2013
On Wednesday 17th April 2013 at Harrow Crown Court, Syed Ali, a 46 year old man from Harrow was given an eight week jail sentence suspended for eighteen months and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.Mr Ali of Abercorn Crescent Road, Harrow, had pleaded guilty to six offences under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 at a previous hearing at Willesden Magistrates Court following a prosecution brought by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service for copying...
23 Apr 2013
A rogue internet trader who sold fake versions of gadgets from top brands was sentenced today after he was stopped by Portsmouth City Council investigators.After complaints from customers about dodgy products, they raided his premises and found thousands of counterfeit Apple, Sony, Nintendo, Sennheiser and Monster items.Michael Reeder, 35, of Carbis Close, Port Solent, Portsmouth, was convicted last month (19 March) after a complex 18-month operation by the council's trading standards team. Reeder was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court today...
23 Apr 2013
Niche tobacco products such as Gutkha, Zarda or Paan, Nasal snuff, Shisha, Biri or Beedi cigarettes have been in existence for thousands 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 amongst young people is the smoking of “Shisha” or...
22 Apr 2013
The England Illegal Money Lending Team who investigate and prosecute loan sharks in partnership with Hampshire County Council have launched a month long campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.The Bite Back campaign which is focused around the Aldershot area brings together partners from Hampshire County Council Trading Standards, Rushmoor Borough Council, First Wessex Housing Association and the Citizens Advice Bureau. They aim to encourage people to turn away from loan sharks and to report the crime...
22 Apr 2013
TSI response (PDF 57KB). Although local authorities were specifically excluded from the proposed provisions in this consultation, TSI wished to remind the Better Regulation Delivery Office of the valuable contribution made by local authority trading standards services to economic growth through their fair trading remit.
19 Apr 2013
The England Illegal Money Lending Team will be encouraging people to think about loan sharks and what they would do if they were a victim as part of an online survey.The Team will use the survey to see how aware people are of the dangers of loan sharks, and how many people would know if they or someone they knew was being targeted.The survey encourages people to report the crime if they have been a victim and asks people what...
19 Apr 2013
Three individuals who were charged for illegally using the trademarks of other businesses have now been ordered to pay back £86,000 from the proceeds of their crimes. The court case took place at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday April 3 2013.Out of this overall amount, £16,000 will go to Peterborough City Council to fund law enforcement and consumer education projects.Akil Thathia, (32) of Chatsfield, Werrington, and Shabir Maimoon, (30) of Carleton Crest, Walton, had previously been sentenced to six months...
19 Apr 2013
The only person in Scotland to receive a Court Order banning him from selling tobacco products has been jailed – after again being convicted of illegal tobacco sales at Ayr Sunday Market in South Ayrshire. John Scullion (51) from Wilson Street in Ayr, was sentenced to three months in prison, at Ayr Sheriff Court yesterday (17 April 2013) for his continued involvement in illegal tobacco sales, having already been prosecuted by South Ayrshire Council last year. On that occasion, Mr Scullion, was...
18 Apr 2013