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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

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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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Responsible knife sales vital to communities, says county trading standards leader

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Responsible knife sales are vital for community safety, Staffordshire’s trading standards leader has said following a test purchase operation in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The operation on April 4 saw underage volunteers working with the county council’s trading standards team. They were able to buy knives from four shops out of a total of 11 visited. It followed a previous exercise carried out ...

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Live online forum for advice on rogue traders during national awareness week

Gill Heath

Trading standards and police officers will be live online to offer advice and guidance as part of national Rogue Trader Week on Thursday April 12. The online surgery on begins at 7pm enabling people to chat live with officers about rogue traders and how to avoid becoming victims of criminal activity. People need to go to the Staffordshire Police website ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this Easter bank holiday

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People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales. The first bank holiday weekend of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, ...

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Rogue trader handed suspended prison sentence for money laundering

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A rogue trader who carried out unnecessary maintenance work on a Tamworth property has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £5,000 victim compensation after pleading guilty to money laundering offences. Brian Hems, 44, from Buxton Close, Bloxwich, was sentenced on Monday for offences relating to laundering £34,250 in cheques from a single victim after carrying ...

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Responsible knife sales vital to communities, says county trading standards leader

Gill Heath

Responsible knife sales are vital for community safety, Staffordshire’s cabinet member for trading standards has said following a test purchase operation. During a week-long operation in Stafford, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were able to buy knives from six shops out of a total of 14 visited. In the coming weeks, trading standards officers will be visiting ...

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