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Decorative Easter eggs pulled from sale over choking fears

  Easter decorations which look virtually identical to Cadbury Mini Eggs have been pulled from Poundland stores nationwide after trading standards officers based in Surrey warned children could try to eat them by mistake. Packs of decorative foam eggs imported from China have been removed from hundreds of Poundland stores after Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading … Continue reading

Surrey Trading Standards launches campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco

Surrey County Council Trading Standards and Surrey Crimestoppers have launched a campaign to stamp out the trade in illegal tobacco. Working with the Smokefree Surrey Alliance, the campaign aims to gather intelligence about manufacturers and suppliers of illegal tobacco and raise awareness of the dangers and risks to person and property. Members of the public … Continue reading

Conman jailed for three years for peddling fake DVDs worth £600,000

A conman has been jailed for three years for swindling unsuspecting shoppers out of £600,000 by selling knock-off versions of Disney’s Little Mermaid and Mrs Brown’s Boys imported from China. Trevor Pegg was found guilty of 13 counts – including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a fraudulent business and money laundering – at Guildford … Continue reading

BBC radio interview: SSE fined £10.5 million over sales tricks

Steve Playle from Surrey County Council Trading Standards gives his reaction to the news that energy company SSE has been fined £10.5 million by energy regulator Ofgem. You can read a statement on the subject from Surrey County Council Trading Standards here.

Response to Ofgem’s £10.5 million fine for energy supplier SSE

Steve Playle, Surrey County Council Trading Standards Investigations and Enforcement Manager, said: “We’re pleased Ofgem has finally taken action, but as far as we and consumers are concerned this is two years too late. “Surrey County Council Trading Standards made history in May 2011 when we won a landmark prosecution against SSE for using misleading … Continue reading

National Consumer Week – dementia sufferer’s ‘free’ burglar alarm

An elderly dementia sufferer pressured into paying £7,000 on a 15-year contract for a ‘free’ burglar alarm has got her money back, thanks to consumer champions at Surrey County Council Trading Standards. Nesta Hollis, 77, from Esher, Surrey, was recovering from two strokes when she became one of the hundreds of thousands of people a … Continue reading

Unsafe vodka sparks health warning

Unsafe ‘vodka’ containing potentially dangerous chemicals that pose a health risk has sparked a warning to drinkers and businesses from Surrey County Council Trading Standards. ‘Drop Vodka’ has been found for sale in off-licences, corner shops and petrol stations across Britain at rock-bottom prices, including just over the county border in Aldershot. Tests on the … Continue reading

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