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Staffordshire traders demonstrate responsible knife sales during trading standards operation

Gill Heath

Every one of 28 shops visited as part of a trading standards knife sales test purchase operation refused to sell to underage volunteers. During a week-long operation in Newcastle and Stafford, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were refused sales when they tried to buy knives. Seventeen shops were visited in Stafford and 11 in Newcastle. The team ...

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Fraudster who conned residents for non-existent building and landscaping handed suspended prison sentence

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A rogue trader who fleeced £9,000 from a Staffordshire couple after claiming to carry out garden landscaping and building has been handed a nine-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to repay the total amount to the victims. Darren Woodley, of Meadow Lane, Newhall, Swadlincote, was sentenced at Stoke Crown Court on September 13. He had pleaded guilty to fraud offences ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

Gill Heath

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s August bank holiday markets or car boot sales. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, market events can attract traders selling counterfeit and illicit goods. The county council’s trading standards team coordinates the national Real ...

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Get wise to scams during national awareness month

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People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams, report them and look out for those who may become victims as part of a national awareness month. Scams Awareness Month 2018, which runs throughout June, aims to inform people of the types and extent of con tricks which pose a threat to people’s finances and wellbeing. The ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s bank holiday markets or car boot sales. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, market events can attract traders selling counterfeit and illicit goods. The county council’s trading standards team coordinates the national Real Deal ...

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People urged to take care when buying sunglasses and sunscreen during national awareness week

Gill Heath

Staffordshire residents are being reminded to check that new sunglasses and sunscreen offer the necessary protection and are not counterfeits as part of a national awareness week. The county council’s trading standards team has issued a reminder during Sun Awareness Week that people should only buy from reputable traders and be careful if buying online. All sunglasses should have the ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this May bank holiday

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s May bank holiday markets or car boot sales. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, market events can attract traders selling counterfeit and illicit goods. The county council’s trading standards team coordinates the national Real ...

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People and businesses reminded of food allergy risks during national awareness week

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People and businesses in Staffordshire are being reminded of the importance of clearly labelled food ingredients during national Allergy Awareness Week. This year, the national campaign focuses on Travelling with Allergy and how to prepare for holidays, both in the UK and abroad. The county council’s trading standards team wants to ensure people remember to check food ingredients while UK ...

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Vast majority of Burton shops demonstrate responsible knife sales

Gill Heath

Burton traders are demonstrating community responsibility by carrying out necessary checks when selling knives, a county council test purchase operation has found. County council communities leader Gill Heath said responsible knife sales are vital for community safety in Staffordshire. The operation in Burton on April 17 saw underage volunteers working with the county council’s trading standards team. They were only ...

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