Category Trading Standards

Trading Standards seizes large amounts of illicit tobacco

Trading Standards seized illegal tobacco estimated to be worth more than £200,000 in raids in Devon and Somerset on Friday. The raids were conducted by officers from the Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service and supported by Avon & Somerset Police, Devon and Cornwall Police, and HM Revenue and Customs. The seizure is […]

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Young people alerted to fake job scams

Trading Standards is warning young people to be wary of fake job adverts on social media that at first glance might appear to be the answer to their financial woes. The pandemic has hit the pockets of many financially, but none more so than young people many of which are students who rely on jobs […]

Rural mental health support

A team of officers from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are receiving mental health ‘first aid’ training to improve the support they can offer rural businesses and farmers. The training is part of an initiative aimed at helping officers to recognise the signs of mental illness in order to raise awareness and provide businesses […]

Consumers urged to be aware of fake texts offering Covid-19 vaccine

Trading Standards is warning the public to be on their guard following reports that fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid-19 vaccine in an attempt to steal bank details. The text offers a link to what police call an “extremely convincing” fake NHS website. Once on the website people are asked to input […]

Trading Standards urges consumers to think before they buy online

Trading standards is advising online consumers in Devon, Somerset and Torbay to only buy from ‘reputable’ traders, and to refer to a new advice video if they experience any problems. The video has been commissioned by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) ahead of ‘Black Friday’ (Friday 27 November) and ‘Cyber Monday’, (Monday 30 November), the two […]

Farmers invited to virtual mental health seminar

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are holding an online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community on Friday 31 July. The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and increasing industry pressures mean that the region’s farmers are under pressure more than ever. This has led to increased incidents of mental illness within the […]

Residents urged to watch out for coronavirus ‘test and trace’ scam

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is warning residents to be aware of scammers looking to exploit the new NHS Test and Trace service. The government system, which launched last week, is designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by quickly testing people with symptoms and either phoning, texting or emailing whoever they […]