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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Merton Council cracks down on illegal tobacco sales

A Trading Standards crackdown on illegal tobacco has found 5,000 illegal cigarettes concealed in a shop toilet. As part of a national project funded by National Trading Standards and the HMRC, officers conducted quick fire unannounced inspections at retailers across Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth. A specialist sniffer dog was used to hunt out illegal tobacco
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London Trading Standards support the safe re-opening of London’s high streets

As non-essential retail outlets reopen on 12th April, London Trading Standards is urging Londoners to stay safe and be considerate of others as they make the most of restrictions being eased. London Trading Standards spokesperson Cenred Elworthy said:  “We are delighted that all shops and several other types of business can open their doors on Monday
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Signed, sealed and undelivered!

London Trading Standards warns of widespread malpractice that leaves consumer complaint correspondence never being delivered. London Trading Standards is highlighting what it believes to be a major problem which results in letters sent to limited companies at their registered office address never being received by the intended recipients. The problem has been identified during investment
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