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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

Nicola Adams inspires young riders to take up 46-mile challenge

Two-time Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams OBE today joined students and teachers from Teach First, the social mobility charity tackling educational inequality, at the Lee Valley VeloPark for the official launch of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Adams is taking on the challenge of cycling the 46 mile … 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

Surrey trader who laundered cash in driveway repair scam must pay back £15,000 to victims

A Surrey trader who laundered cash from a driveway repair scam has been ordered to repay £15,000 to two vulnerable residents. Charles Smailes, 22, of Stone Hill Road, Ottershaw was given a suspended jail sentence last year for his role in crimes which involved charging excessive sums for poor quality paving and landscaping work. He … 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

Prudential RideLondon raises £12 million for charity

The organisers of Prudential RideLondon have announced that cyclists have raised more than £41 million for charity over the first four years of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. This year riders in the festival raised more than £12 million for charity, equalling the record set in 2015. A total of 26,770 riders completed the … 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

RideLondon’s £350,000 boost for Surrey charity

A Surrey charity has been awarded £350,000 thanks to the county’s role in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events. YMCA East Surrey received the sum to help fund a new sports facility for people with disabilities and additional needs at the charity’s Redhill site. The grant will also enable the centre to become a regional hub for … Continue reading

Jail for cowboy roofers who preyed on elderly residents

Two cowboy roofers who fleeced elderly residents out of thousands of pounds by overcharging for poor quality work have been jailed. John Green, 50, of Horton Road, Staines and George Roy, 55, of Holmlea Road, Slough carried out a spate of frauds in Surrey, Hampton and Hertfordshire between 2011 and 2013. Trading under the name … Continue reading

Surrey Cabinet Member to be official starter for RideLondon-Surrey elite cycle race

Surrey County Council’s Richard Walsh will drop the flag on a star-studded line-up of elite riders when he starts this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday. Tour de France winner Chris Froome will spearhead the field which also includes fellow British cycling stars Steve Cummings, Dan McLay and Adam Blythe as well as German sprinter Andre Greipel and Belgian former … Continue reading

Double-glazing firm admits using unfair sales tactics

A double-glazing firm has been convicted of quoting inflated prices to make discounts look better and falsely claiming offers were time-limited to persuade customers to make snap decisions. Zenith Staybrite Ltd admitted ten offences under Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards*. Five offences were engaging in an unfair commercial practice … Continue reading

Jail for Surrey company director who laundered cash

A Surrey company director has been jailed for laundering cash after an elderly couple were fleeced out of nearly £1million in a double scam. It follows an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards* working with Thames Valley Police. Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: “Booker has been brought to … Continue reading

Surrey farmer given suspended jail sentence for animal cruelty

A Surrey farmer has been given a suspended jail sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to cattle. James Goffin, 36, of Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, admitted six charges of animal cruelty following an investigation by Surrey County Council’s trading standards officers. Goffin was found to have castrated six bulls in an unlawful way causing them unnecessary pain … Continue reading

Trading Standards praised for expanding healthy eating campaign

National competition judges have praised Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards for the way they extended their healthy eating campaign into leisure centres across the country. “Eat Out Eat Well”, a scheme that rewards caterers and restaurants for providing customers with healthy menu options, won a “highly commended” in the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and … Continue reading

Rogue trader had £150,000 in off-shore accounts

Trading standards officers searching for funds a cowboy gardener conned out of elderly customers discovered he stashed away £150,000 in off-shore bank accounts. Benjamin Brown, 62, of Epsom, Surrey, who is serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence for fraud and money laundering, ignored a court order to disclose all his accounts and moved large sums around before … Continue reading

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