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Cash confiscated from convicted loan sharks  has been awarded to local projects after a U Decide vote to benefit the community and highlight the dangers of loan sharks. The England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with local authority trading standards teams provided the ill-gotten gains taken from illegal lenders to local communities.The initative took place in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and in Newcastle under Lyme. Newcastle-upon-Tyne:More than 450 online votes were cast and 60 residents cast their votes in person during...
21 Feb 2013
A builder who arranged for a plumber who was not Gas Safe registered to install two gas central heating systems has been prosecuted. Weymouth Magistrates Court yesterday ordered builder Paul Lelliot, 45, of Portland, to pay a fine of £6,252 while plumber Darren Campell, 40, also of Portland, was given a fine of £3,457. Dorset County Council’s trading standards service investigated the two following a complaint from a local resident. In August, Mr Campbell pleaded guilty to two charges under...
18 Feb 2013
Four members of an organised crime group have been sentenced to a total of eight years in prison for their part in conning elderly Surrey, Kent and London residents out of tens of thousands pounds.Five defendants – Paul Sanderson, 41, of Sarel Way, Horley; Emma Stevenson, 33, of Brook Road, Merstham; Albert Eastwood, 39, of Denton Close, Redhill; John Eastwood, 42, of Ermyn Close, Leatherhead; and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons – appeared at Guildford...
18 Feb 2013
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and Trading Standards Institute (TSI), whose members are environmental health practitioners (EHPs) and trading standards officers (TSOs) working on the frontline of food safety, have made a number of calls following the outcome today of the first phase of testing in connection with the discovery of horse DNA in processed beef products.Environmental health officers and trading standards officers across the country have stepped up to the challenge of fulfilling the urgent sampling and...
15 Feb 2013
UK consumers hoping to find love around the time of Valentine's Day are being urged to understand exactly what they are getting into when they sign up for dating websites.Complaints about dating websites are becoming more frequent says consumer advice organisation UK European Consumer Centre, which gives advice and support to consumers in dispute with traders based in a European country outside the UK.UK consumers were in dispute over their efforts to find love online with EU traders based in...
13 Feb 2013
Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards team successfully brought a case against a North-East food wholesalers, who put peanut allergy sufferers at risk in Cumbria by supplying products containing peanuts rather than almonds to two Cockermouth takeaways.Euro Foods Ltd, from Sunderland, were today found guilty of food adulteration charges and fined a total of £18k.The case came about when, in January 2011 Trading Standards took part in a country wide sampling project organised by the Food Standards Agency. The aim of...
13 Feb 2013
This Seminar is taking place 19 March in Birmingham, and is jointly delivered by the National Measurement Office and the Trading Standards Institute, and will include presentations about such topics as the current state of Legal Metrology in the UK and competency and training. View the agenda on the TSI website and book your place now!
11 Feb 2013
The England Illegal Money Lending Team in partnership with Dorset County Council and a range of local partners are to launch a week long campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.Through the campaign, which follows on from a launch event in December, they aim to encourage people to turn away from loan sharks and to report the crime if they have been a victim.During the campaign, which launches on Monday 11th February, Trading Standards Officers will deliver...
11 Feb 2013
TSI Approved Codes of Practice for Consumers will be required to have pre-payment protection for gift cards, gift vouchers and unregulated savings schemes, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has announced.TSI revealed the new core criteria for approval today at the Year Ahead conference, following a consultation late last year.   The role of approving consumer codes of practice – to give an official stamp of approval to any consumer facing organisation that operates a voluntary code of practice for its members...
7 Feb 2013
TSI response (PDF 104KB). TSI would in principle support the governmnet initiatives but they should be part of a wider strategy which includes education of children, young people and adults on the dangers of alcohol abuse and how to manage their own consumption by understanding units and alcohol by volume.
6 Feb 2013