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Man charged with illegal money lending offences

A Burton upon Trent man has been charged with loan sharking offences following an investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team. The suspected loan shark was arrested after the team, who work in partnership with Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards and Staffordshire Police, executed a warrant at his home in July. During the search, cash, documentation and other evidence ...

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Shopworker fined for selling illicit tobacco

A Shopworker from Derby has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £635 for selling illicit tobacco. Fuaad Mohammed, aged 41 from Aviemore Way, Derby, pleaded guilty to the offences at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on Friday 11 October 2019. Following a search of the premise Yum Yum, 12 Brewery Street in Rugeley, on 25 November 2016, Staffordshire County ...

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Farmers fined for animal welfare offences

Two farmers from Meerbrook in Leek have pleaded guilty to a series of animal welfare offenses. Rhona Sherratt, 72, from Lea Farm and Joseph Sigley 69 from Frith Bottom Farm both pleaded guilty to the animal welfare offenses against cattle at the farm premises owned and operated by Sherratt in January 2018. On visiting the farm, animal health officers from ...

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Staffordshire Farmers sentenced for breaching TB rules

Four Staffordshire farmers have been sentenced for conspiring together in the fraudulent trading of calves and breaching TB restriction rules. The parties admitted they had conspired together in moving cattle from a premises under Bovine TB restrictions and to then fraudulently reidentify the animals to make it look as if they had been born on their farms. The court was ...

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Cowboy builders jailed for bullying and ripping off vulnerable customers

Four rogue builders from Newcastle-under-Lyme who took advantage of their customers have been jailed. The court was told how the group overcharged for home improvements, left shoddy work behind and in most cases didn’t finish the job. They would also demand money upfront and then ask for extra payments, but when customers objected they were bullied and threatened and given ...

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Farmer given jail sentence for animal neglect

A livestock keeper from Stoke on Trent has been given an 18-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,500 in costs. Daniel Bowd, 28, of Old Stores Cottage, Lower Leigh, Stoke-on-Trent pleaded guilty to a catalogue of animal welfare offences against pigs and dogs. Mr Bowd admitted failing to dispose of animal bones correctly and failing ...

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Jail sentence for farmer who left lambs to die in freezing conditions

A Uttoxeter farmer who left livestock to die in a frozen field has been given a 16-week jail sentence suspended for 12-months. Stephen Croxall, 50, from Kingstone, near Uttoxeter pleaded guilty to breaching the animal welfare act. Charges ranged from causing unnecessary suffering to animals to failing to record the administration of medicines. When animal health officers from Staffordshire County ...

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Vast majority of Cannock shops demonstrate responsible knife sales

Cannock traders are demonstrating community responsibility by carrying out necessary checks when selling knives, a county council test purchase operation has found. The operation in Cannock on September 16 saw underage volunteers working with the county council’s trading standards team. They were only able to buy a knife in one out of a total of 9 shops visited. It followed ...

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Counterfeit and illicit tobacco seized in Stafford

An ongoing operation to combat the sale of illicit and counterfeit tobacco in Stafford has seen the seizure of 3,280 cigarettes and 6,950g of hand-rolling tobacco. The seizure, with an estimated street value of £2,087 was made on Thursday 19th September by Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards officers. The raid at a retail premises and a residential property was supported ...

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East Staffordshire counterfeit tobacco seller imprisoned

Illicit tobacco

An ongoing operation by Staffordshire Trading Standards to combat the sale of illicit and counterfeit tobacco has secured a conviction following the seizure of a quantity of cigarettes and rolling tobacco. On 13 December 2017, Officers accompanied by a specialist dog handler entered Smakus shop at 15 Derby Street, Burton and found a large quantity of Marlboro Gold cigarettes. Dilshad ...

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