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A Dorset farmer has been banned from keeping cattle for two years and sentenced to an eight week curfew order after being prosecuted for failing to provide adequate feed to his herd of 90 cattle, and causing unnecessary suffering to one of his cows.Farmer Brian Pitman, aged 61, of Canford Bottom, Wimborne, was found guilty of a series of 13 offences, after a five day trial at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court ending on 16 May 2012. Mr Pitman had committed two...
21 May 2012
A company responsible for importing dangerous cigarette filters, linked to the death of an elderly Hemsworth woman, has pleaded guilty at Wakefield Magistrates Court to placing an unsafe product on the market. The director of Manchester–based Legacy Enterprises (GB) Ltd, Mr. Taranjit Singh, aged 23, of Stafford Court in London, admitted that his company had imported the “Legacy Mini Filters” from China, but had failed to carry out a risk assessment or any safety testing on the product.The case arose...
17 May 2012
Carlisle Police launched an operation with trading standards, VOSA and HMRC to crack down on the fraudulent practice of lowering mileage on second hand cars which are sold to unsuspecting members of the public.Five addresses where searched on 16 May in connection with an investigation into fraud offences where individuals buy cars at auctions, clock them and then sell them on with lower mileage.The operation was successful with two men, one aged 23 and the other 21, both from Carlisle,...
17 May 2012
A domestic appliance repairman who conned unsuspecting customers out of money for repairing appliances without actually doing any repairs, pleaded guilty on 16 May in Newtownards Magistrates Court to five counts of theft.In a case brought by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s Trading Standards Service in Northern Ireland, Henry Gordon Douglas of Carrowdore, who uses a variety of trading names, was released on bail pending pre-sentence reports.He was banned from carrying on any commercial activities pending sentence, and...
17 May 2012
Cumbria County Council's Trading Standards team has donated fake goods worth around £100,000 to charity.Over the past 18 months, Trading Standards has seized thousands of fake designer items including clothes, household items, trainers, jewellery, sunglasses and DVDs. Fake Burberry, Chanel, Henry Lloyd, Dior, Nike, Lacoste and Ralph Lauren were among the donated haul. The county council department is donating the items to International Aid Trust which helps people in need at home and abroad. The charity works in the UK...
16 May 2012
Suffolk Trading Standards has launched a six-month ‘Scampaign’ to crack down on rogue traders and cold callers.Starting in Scams Awareness Month 2012, Trading Standards is working with some of its 152 consumer champions to front the campaign and raise awareness of six scams that Suffolk people are continually exposed to.Consumer champions Stephen Amer and Rhoda Staley have kick started the campaign by raising awareness about doorstep crime - watch them talking about their experiences here.The consumer champion network acts as...
16 May 2012
TSI response (PDF 113KB). TSI is pleased to see the Ministry of Justice addressing long-held concerns regarding the actions of some bailiffs. 
14 May 2012
The Trading Standards Institute says it is time to stamp out car clocking as Trading Standards busts a prolific van mileage correction operation in Nottingham.The commercial vehicle dealer Maxwell Stuart Alvey, who has wiped millions of miles off the clocks of more than 100 vans, has been brought to justice by Nottinghamshire County Council trading standards.  The sentencing has been adjourned from 4 May to 22 June - it will take place at Nottingham Crown Court.Trading Standards Officers from Nottinghamshire County...
4 May 2012
Bournemouth’s Trading Standards is warning parents about purchasing amber teething necklaces for their young children. The necklaces, which are designed to be worn by babies to sooth and calm them when they are teething, have been found to be a potential choking and strangulation hazard. Trading Standards officers have found that the necklaces are being sold online through well-known auction websites as well as being sold by a number of local traders. Businesses based in Bournemouth have already been contacted...
1 May 2012
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is urging scam victims to speak out to help stop the ever-growing wave of con artists.A tide of mass marketed scams such as fake lottery wins is having a devastating effect on the lives of millions of people in the UK, warns TSI. It wants people to ‘turn them in and turn the tide’ during the Scams Awareness Month in May.Unscrupulous scammers often target elderly or vulnerable adults, tricking them into revealing their bank details...
1 May 2012