Tobacco and vaping law changes: London Trading Standards reminds smokers and retailers

London Trading Standards are reminding smokers and tobacco retailers about changes to the law that come into full effect on 20th May 2017. The changes cover a range of issues with the intention of cutting smoking prevalence rates and deterring take-up by young people. Plain packs – all cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco must be
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Illegal skin lighteners – two more prosecutions

London Trading Standards campaign against illegal skin lightening products saw further success last month when two more businesses were successfully prosecuted. In Barking & Dagenham Ms Ashwinder Sachdeva (37), the Director of Glamour Touch (UK) Limited at 66 East Street, Barking, IG11 appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court.  She pleaded guilty to labelling, composition and trade
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London Trading Standards announces Lynn Faulds Wood as new ambassador

London Trading Standards are delighted to announce that former BBC Watchdog presenter and consumer campaigner Lynn Faulds Wood has agreed  to act as an ambassador for London Trading Standards. Steve Playle, spokesperson for London Trading Standards said: “Lynn has been a great supporter of Trading Standards for many years and recognises the work that we
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Knives sold to children as young as 13 in London test purchasing

Figures published by London Trading Standards today show children as young as 13 were able to buy knives in test purchasing carried out across the capital. It is illegal to sell knives to anyone under 18. During the whole of 2016, 725 test purchases were carried out by London Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police
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London cosmetic shops fined £168,000 for selling illegal cosmetics

Figures published by London Trading Standards this week showed that 15 cosmetic businesses across the capital were fined a total of £168,579 in 2016 for dealing in unsafe cosmetic products. The majority of the prosecutions concerned the supply skin lightening products containing dangerous and prohibited levels of hydroquinone, mercury or corticosteroids. In addition labelling breaches
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Illegal cigarettes found by sniffer dogs costs East London business £13,000

London Trading Standards deployment of tobacco sniffer dogs to combat the sale of illegal tobacco yielded another success this month. Oho L.T Limited, which runs Oho Eastern and Local Food in Burdett Road, East London, was fined £10,000 at Thames Magistrates’ Court after being found guilty of breaching safety regulations relating to over 700 illegal
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Croydon repeat knife seller given suspended jail sentence

Action by Croydon Trading Standards has resulted in a Norbury-based trader becoming the borough’s first shop owner to be handed a prison sentence for selling knives to children. It is illegal to sell knives to anyone under the age of 18. Shakeb Hakime, of Norbury Discount Store, London Road, was sentenced to 10 weeks’ jail,
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London Trading Standards supports Switched On campaign

Londoners are being urged to seek redress from retailers that sell faulty electrical goods this Christmas after a survey found two-thirds of consumers have bought problem goods in the last two years. The advice comes at the launch of National Consumer Week which runs until Sunday 4 December and encourages people to get #SwitchedOn to
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Postal worker’s DVD fraud results in a 25 month jail sentence

A Post Office manager in Southwark has been jailed for 25 months after being convicted of selling over 7,000 counterfeit DVDs including Disney favourite, Frozen on eBay and Amazon. The sentence was delivered this week at the Inner London Crown Court following a prosecution by Southwark Trading Standards. Mr Varinder Singh Saini (36) of Walworth
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Operation Broadway receives national attention

City of London Trading Standards and Police have been raising awareness of investment fraud and providing advice to help people protect themselves and their family. As part of the continuing work of Operation Broadway a number of victim testimonies are now shared on City of London Police social media channels. Data from Action Fraud has
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