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Surrey rogue trader and money launderer son ordered to pay back more than £250,000 to scam victims

A Surrey rogue trader and his money launderer son have been ordered to return more than £250,000 to elderly residents who were charged extortionate sums for shoddy roofing and building work. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards took John Green Senior and John Green Junior to court to recover as much as possible from the proceeds … Continue reading

Trading Standards intercepts dangerous baby toys

With seams that come apart in your hands and beaded eyes that fall off with barely a tug, these toys are among the dangerous products that Surrey trading standards officers have stopped from ever reaching consumers. The soft toys were attached to baby play gyms designed for young babies. They were part of a large … Continue reading

Sniffer dogs to take centre stage at roadshows highlighting illegal tobacco trade

Specially trained sniffer dog Phoebe will showcase her skills at roadshows around Surrey to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco. Phoebe (pictured) will join trading standards and public health teams in Redhill, Woking, Staines and Guildford next week as part of a crackdown on the counterfeit tobacco trade. The roadshows aim to raise awareness of … Continue reading

Surrey retailer fined for selling dangerous amber baby teething products

A Surrey businesswoman who sold amber teething products for babies which posed a choking risk has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £1,100. Kathryn Overington was fined £500 with costs of £600 following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards. She was sentenced at Guildford Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to three … Continue reading

Trading standards impound 800 fidget spinners over safety fears

Trading standards officers have impounded 800 fidget spinners destined for UK stores amid fears they pose a safety risk. Surrey-based officers intercepted a £4,000 consignment imported from China through Heathrow Airport after finding that warnings on the packaging about the choking hazard to young children were barely visible. The toys, which were inspected in Surrey … Continue reading

Double-glazing firm ordered to pay £330,000 following conviction for using high-pressure sales tactics

A double-glazing firm was today ordered to pay fines and costs of £330,000 for using illegal high-pressure sales tactics such as quoting inflated prices to make discounts look better and falsely claiming offers were time limited. Zenith Staybrite Ltd was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £250,000 following a prosecution brought by Buckinghamshire … Continue reading

Trading standards warning to retailers as new laws on tobacco and vaping come into force

With new rules on tobacco products and e-cigarettes now in force, Steve Ruddy, head of Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, said: “These new laws aim to protect people’s health and include standard plain packaging for cigarettes, a ban on 10-packs and limits on the strength of vaping liquids and the size of containers that hold … Continue reading

AUDIO: BBC Surrey interviews trading standards’ Steve Ruddy about rogue traders

Listen to BBC Surrey’s interview on Friday evening with Steve Ruddy, head of Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, about the work being done to tackle rogue traders. It followed last week’s joint trading standards and police crackdown on doorstep scammers. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

MAP: Crackdown targets rogue traders in Surrey

Rogue traders and doorstep scammers in Surrey were targeted during a joint trading standards and police crackdown this week. Trading standards officers teamed up with the police to check vans and lorries, patrol rogue trader hotspots and pursue ongoing investigations into fraud and money laundering. A suspect in a doorstep crime incident in Ashford was … Continue reading

Drive to make nappy sacks safer after 16 deaths

Following research led by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, family safety charity RoSPA is holding an event in London on Monday 3 April with retailers, manufacturers and safety professionals with the aim of raising awareness of the danger posed by nappy sacks and pushing for safer manufacture of the product. Claire Taylor, senior trading standards officer for … Continue reading

Surrey trading standards officers seize hundreds of illegal skin-lightening products

Trading standards officers in Surrey have seized hundreds of illegal skin-lightening products containing an ingredient linked to cancer. They have confiscated two consignments of potentially dangerous cosmetics in the space of a few weeks after they were brought into the country from Nigeria through Heathrow Airport. The products were seized because they contain the skin-bleaching … Continue reading

Surrey company director who laundered cash must pay back scam victims

A Surrey company director who laundered cash from a double scam has been ordered to pay back almost a quarter of a million pounds. Gary Booker, of Queens Avenue, Byfleet, was convicted of money laundering last July following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards working with Thames Valley Police. In 2013 a scam … Continue reading

Trading standards warns over labelling of popular baby products

Shops and online retailers are selling two popular baby products without safety warnings despite a series of deaths from suffocation, a trading standards investigation has found. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards led research into safety information provided with nappy bags and pouch-style baby slings sold by high street stores and web-based retailers. Spot checks made … Continue reading

Trading standards uncovers suffocation risk from packaging on 200 toy playsets

Surrey trading standards officers have uncovered a batch of 200 toy playsets destined to be sold as Christmas presents despite packaging which poses a suffocation risk. Officers ordered safety tests on a sample of the products – imported from China via Heathrow Airport – after becoming suspicious because the toys were incorrectly labelled. The tests … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Put clocks back and check your smoke alarm; Trading standards seize half a tonne of illegal snuff

Put the clocks back and check your smoke alarm Surrey residents are being urged to test their smoke alarm as they put their clocks back this weekend. The call from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service comes after the latest statistics from the Home Office show that 12% of households where fires took place in 2013/14 … Continue reading

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