Tag Archives: Devon & Somerset Trading Standards

Surrender a knife, save a life

Stores in Somerset were visited by Trading Standards and police officers last week in a joint operation aimed at preventing the sale of knives to under 18s. Officers from the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service assisted Avon and Somerset Police during Operation Sceptre. Part of the initiative used police cadets in test purchase […]

National Wildlife Operation Award for multi-agency operation

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service (DSTSS) , Devon and Cornwall Police and Avon and Somerset Constabulary have been recognised for a joint anti-poaching operation. The three organisations received a runner up award for the National Wildlife Crime Operation of the Year at the National Wildlife Enforcers Conference. It follows a joint anti-poaching operation earlier […]

Owner of Somerset off-licence sold illegal tobacco

The owner of a Bridgwater off-licence has been found guilty of possessing and selling illegal tobacco. Abdullah Ulgut, 46 of Eastover Food and Wine, Eastover, Bridgwater, was sentenced to a three-month curfew order at Taunton Magistrates Court on Tuesday 15 November. Ulgut, who has also been tagged, cannot leave his home in Eastover, between 7pm […]

Sheep farmer guilty of animal cruelty

A farmer from Chew Stoke has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to animals. Edgar John Keedwell, 70, of Breach Hill Farm, Chew Stoke, was convicted of 13 offences following a two-day trial at North Somerset Magistrates Court, that concluded on Thursday 13 October. The conviction follows an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading […]

Somerset ‘Your Choice’ Winners Announced

Cash confiscated from convicted loan sharks has been awarded to GoCreate Taunton and North Taunton Partnership to help fund their community projects, which will assist in raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks. The England Illegal Money Lending Team, in partnership with the Devon and Somerset Trading Standards service, launched the ‘Your Choice’ initiative, […]

Trading Standards & Royal Mail join forces against scams

Royal Mail and Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service have joined forces to tackle scam mail in the postal system. In August officers from Devon & Somerset Trading Standards held a dedicated scams training session for seventy members of staff at the Royal Mail sorting office in Taunton. The training revealed that high levels of […]

Shopkeeper caught selling illegal tobacco

A Bridgwater shopkeeper has been convicted for the possession for supply of illegal tobacco in his shops in Bridgwater following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service. Mehmet Turan Yilderim 46 year old of The International Food Centre, Binford Place, Bridgwater, Somerset pleaded not guilty to four charges, two relating to trade mark […]

Trading Standards scrutinise second-hand car dealers

Trading Standards officers are focusing on the practices of used car dealers and garages across Devon and Somerset. Every year Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service receives over 2,000 complaints about second-hand cars and servicing. Since April 2015 officers have inspected 56 car forecourts, garages, and traders selling used tyres. Officers also booked a car […]

Christmas shoppers warned about unsafe hoverboards

Consumers are being urged to think before buying this year’s ‘must have’ for Christmas, a hoverboard, which could be at risk of catching fire or even exploding. Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service is appealing to Christmas shoppers to follow a 12-point safety checklist (below) if they are thinking of buying a hoverboard or have […]

Don’t fall for the fraudsters: tackling the scammers head on

It’s national scams awareness month and Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service is encouraging everyone to be vigilant and protect themselves against scams. By far the best weapon against scam operators is knowledge and the more people talk about scams, the less impact the scammers are likely to have. There are numerous different types of scams […]