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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this Easter bank holiday

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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Staffordshire traders demonstrate responsible knife sales during trading standards operation

Gill Heath

Nearly all shops visited as part of a trading standards knife sales test purchase operation refused to sell to underage volunteers. During a week-long operation, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were refused sales in all but one shop when they tried to buy knives. Twenty-four shops were visited in Newcastle, Stafford and Tamworth, with just one failure ...

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Owner of TB affected herd ordered to pay over £34,000 for illegal movement of cattle

Trading Standards

A Staffordshire livestock owner who illegally moved herds of cattle while his holding was under bovine tuberculosis restrictions has been ordered to pay over £34,000 in fines costs. Mark Pickford, of Kniveden farm, Mount Road, Leek, also breached important cattle ID rules by providing false information on Cattle Passports, misapplying an ear tag to an and failing to report the ...

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Shop workers handed fines for counterfeit tobacco sales

Illicit tobacco

Two shop workers have been ordered to pay over £500 each in fines and costs for selling counterfeit cigarettes with no health warnings at a premise in Rugeley. The shop owner pleaded guilty to five charges of selling counterfeit tobacco under the Trade Marks Act and five under tobacco regulations for selling products without health warnings. Horas Abdul Rahman will ...

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Stay safe during festive season and avoid counterfeit alcohol

People are being urged to stay safe during the festive season and avoid dangerous counterfeit alcohol. Staffordshire County Council has been carrying out an ongoing operation to stamp out counterfeit alcohol sales using Government funding awarded through the Proceeds of Crime Act in recognition of its work. There have been a number of prosecutions and licence reviews. The largest fine ...

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Know your consumer rights when Christmas and New Year shopping

Gill Heath

People doing their Christmas and New Year shopping are being urged to get to know their consumer rights and avoid scams. Consumer laws were updated in 2015 and aim to give people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to allow people to obtain a full refund on ...

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Know your consumer rights this Black Friday

Gill Heath

People looking for bargains online on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team is advising people to get familiar with their consumer rights before they shop, particularly online. This year National Consumer Week follows Black Friday and the ...

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People reminded to be ‘scams aware’ as part of national campaign

Say no to scams

People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams, report them and look out for those who may become victims themselves during a national awareness week. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team is part of the Friends Against Scams campaign which is holding a national awareness week from today, November 19, to mark its second anniversary. The ...

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Company and directors handed £50,000 fines for carrying out aggressive sales

Trading Standards

Three company directors whose company used aggressive trading practices and overcharged vulnerable residents for work carried out have been handed fines totalling £50,000. Jason Walchester, of Franklin Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, Paul Birks of Crackley Bank, Newcastle and Christopher Davies of The Crossway, Newcastle, traded as Ecoseal Home Improvements Ltd. They pleaded guilty to 15 consumer protection offences at an earlier court ...

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