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Warning after dangerous counterfeit mobile phones seized in Staffordshire

Counterfeit Nokia phones

Counterfeit mobile phones with potentially dangerous chargers have been seized in Staffordshire by county council trading standards officers. Hundreds of fake Nokia 3310 phones were seized from an industrial unit in East Staffordshire and a property in Newcastle following a tip off to trading standards officers. The Nokia 3310 is a reissue and updated model from 2000 and retails legitimately ...

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Stronger links with banks set to boost fight against doorstep crime

Trading Standards

Strengthened links between banks, trading standards and police announced this week will boost Staffordshire’s fight against doorstep crime. The Banking Protocol is a scheme that all banks and building societies have now signed up. It will streamline the process of reporting doorstep crime where victims request large cash withdrawals. Nationally the scheme is being run by Financial Fraud Action UK ...

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Fake football kits given the red card

Fake football kits

As the Premier League kicks off this weekend, plans to sell thousands of fake and potentially dangerous replica football shirts have been red-carded. Scores of boxes of fake shirts for teams, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Porto, Benfica and Paris Saint Germain, were among a haul of counterfeit goods with a retail value of more than £1 million found ...

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National awareness campaign urges over 70s to beat scams

Trading Standards

People across Staffordshire are being advised how to spot the signs of scams and report them during the final week of a national awareness month. Every week throughout July, the Scams Awareness Month 2017 campaign has focused on different age groups and the types of scams they’re more likely to fall victim to. This final week, it focuses on people ...

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Rogue trader ordered to pay back victims and do unpaid work

Trading Standards

A rogue trader who left victims with shoddy, incomplete damp proofing work and did not return keys to properties has been ordered to pay nearly £10,000 compensation and do 250 hours’ unpaid work. Steven Kelly, of Green Close, Walton, Stone, pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud, including operating a fraudulent business, one aggressive practice offence and a trade mark ...

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Get wise to scams during national awareness month

Scams awareness

People across Staffordshire are being urged to spot the signs of scams and to report them as part of a national awareness month in July. Scams Awareness Month 2017 aims to inform people of the types and extent of con tricks which pose a threat to people’s finances and wellbeing. The county council wants people to spot tell-tale signs online, ...

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Staffordshire traders supported through tobacco sales law changes – ten years after indoor smoking ban introduced

Staffordshire traders have been supported in adapting to the latest tobacco sales legislation by the county’s trading standards team as the nation marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces. This Saturday July 1 it will be ten years to the day that the ban was introduced in England. Since the introduction ...

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Fake golf equipment with retail value of thousands seized in Staffordshire

Counterfeit golf equipment

Counterfeit golf equipment with an estimated retail value of £35,000 if legitimate has been seized from a property in north Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team seized over 600 golf club covers, over 150 polo shirts, hand grips and belts yesterday. The items were taken from a property in Kidsgrove, with police, brand holders and trading standards officers from ...

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Awareness week reminds people to think safe when buying toys and children’s goods

Toy train

People buying toys and other products for children are being reminded to ensure they’re safe to use during a national awareness week. Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said Child Safety Week provides a focus to highlight some of the hidden dangers of some toys and other products. The county council’s scientific services team regularly tests toys for durability, ...

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Market organisers on board to ensure goods are the Real Deal in Staffordshire

Cannock Market

More market and car boot sale organisers in Staffordshire are joining a national campaign to ensure goods sold at their event are legitimate and that visitors aren’t ripped off. The county council has signed its fourth Real Deal agreement with the management team of the district council-run market in Cannock town centre. The campaign aims to promote a fair and ...

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