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The Year Ahead Conference 2016, the foremost regulatory event in the calendar, is only a month away and the CIEH is urging people to book their places now. This year’s event is on 11 and 12 February at the Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon, and will give the opportunity for local politicians and managers responsible for regulatory services to gain an insight into how to effectively navigate the changing regulatory and structural landscape. The 2016 conference, which is being hosted by the...
18 Jan 2016
Gilders Transport Ltd, of Marlborough Cottage, Gretton Field were at Cheltenham Magistrates court in January to answer to nine offences relating to the handling of animal by products.The court heard that Gilders Transport Ltd, who were registered as a fallen stock collector, picking up carcasses of dead stock from farms and taking them to a rendering plant, had been combining loads of carcases at their yard without the required approval. The company had also on one occasion left carcases uncovered...
18 Jan 2016
A travel operator has been fined over £12,000 for failing to protect customers who purchased Hajj pilgrimage packages.Al Kabir Travels & Tours Ltd. was fined a total of £12,644 for two consumer protection offences at Thames Magistrates’ Court on January 7, 2016.The company was previously fined £9,606 in August last year for similar offences in action instigated by Birmingham City Council.Al Kabir Travels & Tours Ltd. did not ensure the protection of 120 pilgrims who travelled to Saudi Arabia last...
18 Jan 2016
CTSI response (PDF - 174KB). The complaints that have been received about cloud storage are typical of those received across the digital spectrum and beyond. There may be a future problem with termination and CTSI calls for the relevant terms and conditions to be transparent and fair. We do, however, perceive a potentially serious problem with trading standards investigations into cloud storage if the data is held in a non-UK or non-EU country, in which case trading standards may have few...
15 Jan 2016
Two rogue car salesmen who flogged ‘clocked’ cars have been jailed, following an extensive investigation by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.Erk Dymiter, 24, and Krystian Skowronski, 28, were each given 18-month sentences at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday 8 January for ‘clocking’ second-hand cars by reducing the mileage. They also provided false documentation when selling the BMWs, Audis and Mercedes in West Kensington.The racket was uncovered following a collaborative three-year investigation by Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s trading standards and anti-fraud teams...
14 Jan 2016
CTSI response (PDF 180KB). CTSI makes a number of general comments on the impact of the new settlement for local authority trading standards services and expresses concern about the overall effect of core funding reductions on smaller local authority services such as trading standards. 
12 Jan 2016
A Faversham man has been jailed for three years after conning an 80 year old Beckenham resident out of £21,700.Phillip Webb, aged 58, from Faversham, Kent had earlier pleaded guilty to fraud by misrepresentation after persuading the resident he needed essential repairs to the guttering on his house, which the resident agreed to have done. Further work was carried out without his permission and he was charged a total of £21,700 for work which was later valued by a trading...
12 Jan 2016
CTSI response (PDF - 160KB). CTSI submitted a short letter stating that although the consultation was not a trading standards matter per se, any proposals must be fair and reasonable and also take into account the more vulnerable members of society.
7 Jan 2016
Smokers themselves are calling for action against the widespread availability of illegal tobacco in a report, published today (Jan 4), that shows attitudes to illegal sales continue to change. While the message that all tobacco kills should remain clear, 60 per cent of the 1,200 smokers surveyed said that something should be done to stop cheap tobacco being sold. In addition, 56 per cent of respondents said they agreed cheap tobacco made it easier for children to start smoking and 52 per...
4 Jan 2016
UK ECC advises travellers to take the ECC-Net Travel app on European tripsAny seasoned traveller knows that they need to be able to stay cool and express their consumer rights even when they’re on holiday. So to help the tens of thousands of UK consumers who take winter city breaks in Europe every year, consumer advice organisation UK ECC is urging holidaymakers to make sure they use something called the Travel App.You may think that you’ve got the perfect holiday...
4 Jan 2016