buckinghamshire and surrey trading standards

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Trading Standards issue safety warning on energy saving devices

Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards have issued a safety warning to residents after testing a number of energy saving electrical products. The products (pictured below) in question are: The products are being marketed in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis. Not only were the products found to be unsafe, but they also falsely … Continue reading

Surrey County Council accredited as a “Friends Against Scams” organisation

Surrey County Council has been officially accredited as a “Friends Against Scams” (FAS) organisation. FAS is an initiative run by the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.  The accreditation follows on from some impressive … Continue reading

Trading Standards returns thousands of pounds to victims of international scam

Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards officers are returning thousands of pounds to residents who have been defrauded by an international lottery scam. In a landmark investigation, the National Trading Standards Team hosted by Surrey County Council, working with the United States Federal Trade Commission, identified US-based fraudsters who targeted UK households with scam mail offering … Continue reading

Fraudster sentenced following Trading Standards investigation

A fraudster has received an immediate 32-month custodial sentence after being found guilty of 14 charges following a Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards investigation. On Friday 4 November 2022 at the Crown Court in Guildford, Stewart Munnery (aged 46, Tadworth, Surrey) was charged with the following: Mr Munnery received individual sentences for all the charges … Continue reading

Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards donate over 3,500 items to foodbanks as they celebrate 150 Primary Authority Partnerships

Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards have donated over 3,500 items to two foodbanks as part of their celebrations for reaching 150 Primary Authority Partnerships. The foodbanks in question are in Aylesbury and Epsom & Ewell, with the items donated including food, household cleaning supplies, personal care items and cash. Alongside their business partners, Buckinghamshire and … Continue reading

Shopkeeper selling counterfeit and illicit goods sentenced after Trading Standards investigation

A shopkeeper selling counterfeit and illicit goods has been sentenced to 12 months community service following a Police and Trading Standards investigation. The first hearing was held at High Wycombe Magistrates on Wednesday 19 January. Mandeep Singh-Soni (50, Southall) pleaded guilty to six counts, including one count under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, two counts … Continue reading

How safe is your little scarers costume this Halloween?

It took under a minute for a monsters Halloween t-shirt to be engulfed in flames during a fire safety screen test by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards. The screen test included a variety of garments and accessories such as witch hats, capes, skeleton tights and pumpkin tops. Three … Continue reading

Trading Standards helps Surrey schools and businesses prepare for introduction of Natasha’s Law

From 1 October 2021, the introduction of Natasha’s Law will change the requirements for ‘pre-packed for direct sale’ (PPDS) food labelling in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This new legislation is being introduced following the tragic death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died in 2019 after suffering an allergic reaction to sesame seeds: the undeclared … Continue reading

Trading Standards investigation leads to three year sentence for fraudsters

A fraudster and his accomplice have both received prison sentences after being found guilty of scamming residents as unqualified roofers, following a Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards investigation. James Smith (28, Cranleigh, Surrey) and Timothy Draper Smith (52, Staines) were trading as James Gutters and Roofing Ltd between August 2017 and February 2019. Over this … Continue reading

Don’t let the cold (callers) in your home this winter

Doorstep scams increase during the winter periods, with over a third of all reported incidents occurring during the months of January to March. This is due to bogus callers and rogue traders taking advantage of our need for a safe, warm and dry home during the bad weather. When rain, sleet or snow sets in … Continue reading

Trading Standards investigation leads to 18-month sentence for locksmith fraudster

A fraudster who made £11,562 after scamming vulnerable Surrey residents as an unqualified locksmith has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Shaun Phasey (49) of Staines was trading as SP Locks and 24/7 Emergency Locksmith Services over a nine-month period. He quoted and subsequently completed work for five residents who paid via a chip … Continue reading

Doorstep crime on the rise as lockdown is relaxed

Doorstep fraud – conning residents out of their life savings – is rising as lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards have already seen an increase in rogue traders targeting older adults using tactics such as befriending, religious affiliation, pressure and even aggression to extort money. This month an Epsom resident … Continue reading

Cowboy builders facing years in jail after attempted £300,000 fraud

Cowboy builders have been jailed after causing major damage to the home of an elderly couple in Worcester Park and quoting £300,000 for unnecessary repairs. Thomas William Penfold, Managing Director of P&T Property Services Limited, was convicted of fraudulent trading and money laundering. He was handed immediate custodial sentences of four years and three years … Continue reading

Trading standards transforms children’s garden to celebrate landmark

Trading Standards officers have joined forces with local businesses to transform a garden at a respite care home for children with disabilities. Earlier this year, Squire’s Garden Centres became the 100th firm to join Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards Primary Authority scheme. To celebrate, the two organisations joined together to transform the bland outside space … Continue reading

Trading standards celebrates working with 100 businesses

Surrey and Buckinghamshire’s trading standards service has celebrated forging partnerships with 100 businesses to help them thrive. The service welcomed Squire’s Garden Centres as the 100th firm to join its scheme to cut red tape for businesses, supporting them to grow and provide excellent service to customers. To mark the milestone, trading standards officers teamed … Continue reading


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