Illegal tobacco sales targeted during London Trading Standards Week

Haringey Council discovered illegal tobacco with a value of over £1,500 – following an operation linked with London Trading Standards Week. Trading Standards teams from the council carried out a range of enforcement actions throughout the week, including test purchases to catch out shopkeepers illegally selling tobacco products to children. Sniffer dogs also played a
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Trading Standards Prevents Over £588m of Consumer Detriment

A new report from the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO) shows that demand for local Trading Standards services has spiralled in the pandemic, mounting pressure on already stretched services. In the third annual review into The Impacts and Outcomes of Local Trading Standards Services in England and Wales, figures for 2020/21 show that
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Millions of illegal tobacco products seized as part of crackdown on illicit tobacco trade

More than five million illegal cigarettes have been seized from local retail outlets in the first six months of the year as part of Operation CeCe, a joint initiative between National Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to tackle the illegal tobacco trade. The haul of illicit products also includes more than 1,700kg
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Operation Ce Ce sees successful seizures of illegal tobacco across London

Raids across London have seen almost 300,000 illegal cigarettes and 90kg of hand rolling tobacco seized in recent months. London Trading Standards (LTS) has been leading ‘Operation CeCe’ to crack down on the illicit trade. In the last four months officers have confiscated tobacco products with a market value of £226,800 – a street value
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London businesses offered post pandemic training and guidance to help them stay open

Businesses in London impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic are being invited to a day of support raising awareness of the initiatives on hand to help. The fourth day of London Trading Standards (LTS) Week focuses on what is being done to help London continue to operate and remain open for business post pandemic. The business
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Communities asked to ‘Do Us A Favour, Look Out for Your Neighbour’ in a bid to crack down on doorstep crime and scams

Londoners are being asked to keep an eye on the old and vulnerable in their neighbourhoods to build on the connections created during lockdown. The ‘Do us a favour, look out for your neighbour’ campaign is being launched by London Trading Standards (LTS) following reports of better neighbour engagement and community spirit following the Covid-19
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Responsible Retailer Agreement relaunches after dozens of knives are sold to underage purchasers in London

An initiative to stamp out the sale of knives to underage purchasers has been relaunched after dozens of retailers across London failed to check if buyers were of legal age. Undercover operations were carried out in May and August to assess whether someone under the age of 25 could buy a knife without being questioned.
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Protecting the public – London Trading Standards Week launches with projects success

Cracking down on the sale of unsafe used cars often sold with counterfeit car dealer stamps and service books is one of the key projects being championed by London Trading Standards Week. With the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) being expanded in London from October 25, the importance of Operation Regal, which concentrates on the
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Karate teacher gets four years jail time for fake DVD business

A karate teacher found selling fake DVDs and Scholl foot care products, running a fraudulent business, money laundering and more, is today sentenced to four years in prison. Southwark Council led on the investigation and subsequent prosecution at the Inner London Crown Court. Stephen Anthony Clarke Gostling  (56), of Birkbeck Road, Beckenham, had a fraudulent online
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Accountancy firm boss sentenced for advertising non-existent jobs

The director of a London-based company that offered jobs via an online recruitment website has been given a suspended sentence for his part in a fraud that saw job applicants apply for positions that didn’t exist. Wemba Akobola was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey)
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