Tag Archives : trading standards

Make sure your Christmas fragrances aren’t fake!

Christmas shoppers are being warned to buy the real deal rather than fake perfume after Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards seized goods which could be dodgy. Raids over the last few weeks in addresses across the city have brought in a haul of counterfeit cosmetics and bottles of fragrance, labelled as designer brands like Chanel, […]

Michael Lock illegal tobacco haul

Illegal tobacco smuggler ordered to pay back £55,000 under Proceeds of Crime Act

A Plymouth man who was caught with a huge amount of illegal tobacco has been ordered to pay back £55,000 under Proceeds of Crime in a case brought by our Trading Standards service. Michael Lock, of Moorland Drive, Plympton, was caught with 67.5 kilograms of hand-rolling tobacco and 39,480 cigarettes when Trading Standards and HMRC […]

Come to one of our Scam Awareness sessions in Plymouth

Citizens Advice Plymouth and Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards team are holding a series of events in the city to help people spot potential scams. The events are part of a national Scams Awareness campaign (10 – 23 June 2019) encouraging people to report and talk about scams. People will learn about the spotting the […]

Operation Rogue Trader results

Rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers were targeted this week by Plymouth Trading Standards working with Devon and Cornwall Police and partner agencies as part of Operation Rogue Trader. Officers from Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards worked on a week of activity including a joint enforcement day with counterparts from Devon and Cornwall Police, the […]

Warning over illegal puppy breeders

Plymouth residents are being warned to look out for the signs of illegal importation when buying a puppy. The warning comes after a puppy – illegally imported from Romania, was found by a vet in the city who alerted Trading Standards officers.  The dog had not been vaccinated against rabies. The Shih Tzu puppy was […]

Citizens Advice and Trading Standards helps people get clued up on spotting scams

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards team are holding events throughout June to help people know when they’ve been targeted with a scam. The event is part of Scams Awareness Month in June 2018, a national campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams. People will learn about the common signs of a scam, such […]

Age restricted sales awareness – Would your business pass ‘The Challenge?’

In the past two years Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards team has conducted over 60 test purchase visits where underage volunteers accompanied by our officers have attempted to buy age restricted products in the City. Where businesses fail this type of test purchase and sell age restricted products, they could be prosecuted and handed a […]

Suspended sentence for fake lippy seller

A man who sold fake MAC lipstick which had over 300 times the legal amount of lead in it has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards. The fake lippy – called ‘Lady Danger’ – was one of a number of counterfeit goods sold by a 47 year-old man  on Ebay and Facebook. The man pleaded […]

Plymouth to host Scam Conference

People in Plymouth are being invited to catch con men and foil fraudsters at a Friends Against Scams awareness session. The session will be a part of a Scam Conference, hosted by Plymouth City Council’s trading standards team at the Guildhall on 18 September, where a variety of partners will share best practice, ask questions […]

Used car trader prosecuted for selling unsafe van with fake MOT

A used car trader has been prosecuted after selling an unsafe Ford Transit van to a Plymouth consumer. The trader, currently living in Margate, was sentenced yesterday at Plymouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to two offences of making false representations regarding the description of the van, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006 and one offence of […]

Businesses praised for challenging youngsters attempting to buy fireworks

100 per cent of Plymouth business visited in a test purchase operation for fireworks in the run up to bonfire night, passed. All of the 12 premises that were visited challenged the 15 year old volunteer by asking for ID and refusing the sale. Fireworks can be great fun for families but if not handled […]

Don’t risk getting a criminal record for selling fake goods

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards Team are warning people not to risk selling counterfeit goods for extra money before Christmas after a number of seizures in the city. There has been a rapid increase in people selling counterfeit goods on social media sites.  These goods include counterfeit trade-marked clothing, trainers, handbags, sunglasses, makeup and electrical […]

Beware of Blue Badge websites

We are warning Blue Badge applicants and holders to beware of websites charging for help with their application or renewal. One resident paid £49 for help filling out a Blue Badge form – something that is available free through the Council. Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “If you are renewing or applying for a Blue […]

Plymouth awarded £60,000 to tackle rogue landlords

Plymouth City Council has been awarded £60,000 of Government funding to deal with rogue landlords. The news comes after the council submitted a bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Rogue Landlords Fund. The additional funding will support existing work and enable more to be done with trading standards, voluntary providers supporting tenants, […]

Getting the right people in for those summer jobs

Residents in Plymouth are being reminded to choose a reputable trader when it comes to all those summer jobs. With more of us spending time outside and looking to make home or garden improvements, Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards team is issuing some tips about getting it right.  Try a ‘Buy with confidence’ approved trader […]

Man’s Best Friend in Plymouth to fight illegal tobacco

Man’s best friend is in Plymouth to help in the fight against illegal tobacco. Smoke Free South West has funded sniffer dogs to accompany Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards staff in Plymouth during a week of action to mark World No Tobacco Day (31 May). The aim is to sniff out illegal cigarettes and tobacco […]

Scam warning after hoard found in elderly gent’s home

A Plymouth couple is urging others to keep an eye on elderly family members after their 84-year old brother fell prey to a series of scams. The retired couple from Peverell were shocked when they visited their brother’s home elsewhere in the city while he was in hospital and found hundreds of goods purchased in […]

Good neighbours stop rogue traders

Residents in Plymouth are being asked to keep an eye on their elderly and vulnerable neighbours as part of a campaign to keep rogue traders away. National Consumer Week gets underway next week and this year’s theme is ‘Good neighbours stop rogue traders’. A team from the Council’s Trading Standards, together with Devon and Cornwall police […]

Get the rules right on the doorstep

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards service has been delivering short training sessions to city businesses to make sure they follow new consumer laws. New legislation has now come in that particularly affect traders such as builders, gas engineers, plumbers, door to door salesmen, anyone operating a business from a website; in fact, anyone who sells […]

Plymouth Businesses Beware

Businesses in Plymouth have contacted the City Council’s Trading Standards Service to notify them of a misleading letter they have received headed ‘Publication of Companies and VAT Registration Numbers in the UK Corporate Portal 2014’. It leads them to believe that they are required to provide details of their VAT registration number. However, they also include […]

Raid on suspected suppliers of illegal tobacco

A raid was carried out by Trading Standards in Plymouth on Friday 4 July 2014 of a suspected supplier of illegal tobacco, but none was found. The raid took place in Devonport and come as a new campaign across the whole South West region is launched to make the public aware of the dangers of […]

Warning over cold calling as weather warms

Plymouth residents are being warned against high pressure selling of services on the doorstep after a spate of complaints. Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards has seen a series of incidents where tradesmen targeted elderly and vulnerable people to carry out work such as power-washing, roof repairs and guttering. In all the cases the work was […]