London Trading Standards

Be on guard for COVID-19 scams

London Trading Standards are warning Londoners to be on guard against scams related to the COVID-19 coronavirus after details were published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) this week. Scam emails It has come to light that emails claiming to be from the government are offering a tax rebate to support people through this
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National knife clampdown pilot reaches 15 prosecutions

Croydon Council has now successfully prosecuted 15 businesses across the country under its trading standards team’s pilot clampdown against illegal online knife sales to children. The scheme is backed by the Home Office and National Trading Standards. The latest cases – against shopping website Very’s operating company Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and Lancashire-based tool
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London Trading Standards work features in national impacts and outcomes report

Work by London boroughs has featured in a national report which demonstrates the value of local trading standards services. Case studies involving work by Camden, Greenwich and Southwark are highlighted in the new report ‘The Value of Trading Standards’, which has been collated and published by the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO). For
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Tenants warned to beware of rogue letting agents as new figures show more than 46% don’t comply with the law

London Trading Standards (LTS) has today issued a stark warning to tenants: understand your rights or you risk being ripped off by rogue letting agents. This caution comes as figures released as part of London Trading Standards Week show that letting agents were fined over £1.2million for breaking the law; either for not displaying fees
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London retailer agreement launched to crackdown on underage knife sales

Shops are being urged to ‘ASSESS-CHALLENGE-CHECK’ the age of buyers on and offline, as part of an initiative to stop illegal, underage knife sales. London Trading Standards (LTS), which represents 33 local authorities in London, is joined by the Deputy Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police for the launch of the Responsible Retailer Agreement
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London Trading Standards Week 2019

London Trading Standards Week (LTS Week) will today kick off its consumer rights and awareness campaigns across the capital to help highlight how local council trading standards is tackling business crime and keeping Londoners safe. Criminal law enforcement around business and trading often falls to local council trading standards teams, which play an increasingly significant
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London Trading Standards supports Stamp IT Out Campaign 2019

Illegal tobacco ‘brings crime into communities and undermines stop smoking efforts’ Criminals are reaping in over £100 million a year from London’s trade in illegal tobacco and undermining efforts to support smokers to quit, trading standards and public health experts have warned. Illegal tobacco products, such as cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco, are smuggled into the
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London Trading Standards supports Scams Awareness 2019

Across the capital London Trading Standards authorities are supporting Scams Awareness 2019 which takes place for two weeks from 10th to 23rd June. The annual campaign aims to create a network of confident, alert consumers who know what to do when they see a scam. Citizens Advice runs Scams Awareness Month in close collaboration with
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Shocking phone charger test results for Enfield pupils

Over one third of mobile chargers and leads used by students who attend an Enfield school failed safety tests in a recent trading standards testing event. Last month Enfield Trading Standards joined forces with leading charity Electrical Safety First at Chace Community School. The charity funded an opportunity for the students to bring in phone
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Toxic toy gun importer fined £35,000

Enfield Trading Standards have won a significant court battle against a Director and his company whose imported toys were repeatedly found to breach safety regulations. Memon Imports Limited, and its former Director Mr Hamza Memon (33) of Wellesley Road, Ilford, were each found guilty of 12 offences under the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 and one
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