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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

ROUND UP: Surrey’s unsung heroes recognised; Surrey shop owner guilty of selling illegal tobacco; Consultation events on boundary review proposals

Surrey’s unsung heroes recognised Almost 30 of Surrey’s unsung heroes were recognised at a ceremony hosted by the county council’s chairman. Sally Marks handed volunteers a certificate and a medal at the event in Dorking to recognise the work they do in their communities. Among those receiving awards were Carole Anne Cole, from Camberley, who invites young … 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

Accolade for joint Trading Standards team

The joint Trading Standards team from Surrey and Buckinghamshire have won two silver awards for efficiency. In the national Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise 2016 awards, the team picked up the two awards for the work they did in merging Surrey and Buckinghamshire’s Trading Standards operations a year ago, harnessing their collective expertise to give … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Hoverboards destroyed after failing safety checks

Dozens of hoverboards which posed a fire risk have been destroyed to prevent them ever harming members of the public. The consignment of 90 hoverboards imported from Hong Kong via Heathrow was intercepted by Surrey trading standards officers and sent for testing against electrical safety standards. The boards were found to have defective battery packs … Continue reading

Trading standards officers impound hazardous hoverboards brought in through Heathrow

Surrey trading standards officers have uncovered a haul of unsafe hoverboards destined to be sold as Christmas presents or used at children’s parties. They intercepted a £7,000 consignment of 51 self-balancing boards imported from China and sent them for testing to see if they complied with electrical safety standards. They will now ensure the boards … Continue reading

Surrey family of car dealers sentenced

A father and two sons have been ordered to pay £3,700 after admitting mis-selling used cars. Charles Wenman Snr, Charles Wenman Jnr and Mark Wenman falsely advertised second-hand cars as being covered by a 12-month warranty from a warranty company. The trio, who run Cranleigh-based dealership Walton Motors, were sentenced by Redhill magistrates following an … Continue reading

Father and son roofing duo sentenced

A Surrey father and son have been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after admitting rogue trading offences. Frank Wenman Snr and Frank Wenman Jnr, of Dunsfold, near Godalming overcharged for poor quality roofing and driveway work at two homes last year. They were sentenced by Wycombe magistrates following a prosecution brought by Buckinghamshire and … Continue reading

Surrey landscape gardener admits rogue trading offences

A cowboy gardener who charged exorbitant sums for substandard work has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering offences. Benjamin Brown, 62, of Cox Lane, Epsom preyed on elderly and vulnerable victims who were unable to look after their gardens themselves. He was prosecuted by Surrey County Council’s trading standards officers and last week pleaded … Continue reading

Jail sentence for serial rogue trader who made £100,000 out of Surrey residents

A serial rogue trader who fleeced vulnerable Surrey residents out of more than £100,000 by overcharging for shoddy building work has been jailed for three years. James Saunders, 51, charged extortionate sums for repairs to roofs and drains before he was stopped in his tracks by trading standards officers. He preyed on elderly people, using … Continue reading

Warning over bogus ‘miracle cure’ which could be on sale in Surrey

Trading standards officers are warning that bleach-like chemicals touted as a miracle cure for cancer and other diseases could be on sale at an event in Surrey this weekend. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards* is concerned that potentially harmful products will be available to buy or consume at an event being held in the Farnham … Continue reading

Conman ordered to repay nearly £500,000 after selling fake DVDs on eBay and Play

A conman who sold pirated versions of Disney’s Little Mermaid and Mrs Brown’s Boys imported from China on websites such as eBay and Play has been ordered to repay almost £500,000. Trevor Pegg was jailed for three years in January after being convicted on 13 counts – including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a … Continue reading

Furniture boss sentenced for selling dangerous cot that trapped child by the neck

Furniture boss Phillip Dickens was given a three-month suspended prison sentence today after his company supplied a cot that trapped a child by the neck. On behalf of his company, Oxfordshire-based Baumhaus, Mr Dickens had admitted two counts of placing an unsafe product on the market, between January 2010 and July 2013, at an earlier … Continue reading

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

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