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London Trading Standards launches new campaign as doorstep crime increases in the capital

An initiative to help residents protect themselves from the perils of doorstep crime is being launched by London Trading Standards. The timing of the new campaign is imperative as the problem is currently escalating across parts of the capital. Doorstep crime is defined as bogus callers and rogue traders calling uninvited at homes under the
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Warning issued as ‘Zamzam’ Holy water found in Ealing could be fake

Ealing Council’s trading standards officers are advising the public not to buy water labelled as ‘Zamzam water’ because it could be fake and may pose a risk to health if consumed. The warning was been issued on the eve of the Ramadan festival, after council officers received a tip-off that an importer based in Ealing
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Father and son sentenced after selling clocked cars

A father and son have been prosecuted for selling £180,000 worth of dodgy cars. Janusz Borewicz, 54, and his son Krystian Borewicz, 36, were prosecuted for selling dozens of clocked cars including Audis, Volkswagens and Mercedes that had their mileage readings drastically reduced in 2015. Southwark Crown Court heard how the men had advertised 44
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Over 250,000 illegal Croydon cigarettes seized

A haul of illegal tobacco, totalling over 250,000 cigarettes, was unearthed by detection dogs in Croydon. Officers from Croydon Trading Standards, working with HMRC as part of Operation Ce Ce, targeted the location in the borough thanks to the use of intelligence – and the super-sniffers from BWY K9. The dog, called Yo-Yo, signalled the
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Illicit cigarettes cost business more than £14,000

Magistrates have ordered an Enfield business and its director to pay £14,140 in fines and costs after Council officers seized thousands of illicit cigarettes. Enfield Council’s Trading Standards team visited Carpathina European Food on Bowes Road, N11 with partner organisations and sniffer dogs as part of a crackdown on illegal tobacco sales. The team had
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Counterfeit PPE seller prosecuted

Counterfeit PPE seller prosecuted

A Southall trader who was caught selling counterfeit face masks and illicit hand sanitiser bottles has been prosecuted by Ealing’s trading standards. Mr Ulgeet Singh, sole director of Yark London Limited based in Southall appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court on Wednesday 22 February to answer 13 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the
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Southwark Council cracks down on prohibited landlord and letting agent fees

Southwark Council upholds the rights of private rented sector tenants, not to be charged banned fees by landlords and lettings agents. The council raised a case against Portico Property Limited that saw the company pay a financial penalty of £2,000, for breaching the Tenant Fees Act. This relatively new legislation was introduced to protect tenants,
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£300,000 of illegal tobacco seized

Croydon Council trading standards and HM Revenue and Customs teamed up with specialist detection dogs to track down and seize illegal tobacco worth over £300,000 from a Croydon storage unit. More than 216,000 illegal cigarettes and 350 kilograms of hand-rolling tobacco were uncovered when officers swooped a self-storage unit in the north of the borough
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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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