Tag Archives: Trading Standards

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 […]

Coronavirus: Trading Standards advice for hospitality industry this Easter

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is reminding owners of guest houses, campsites and restaurants to remain closed this Easter to help combat coronavirus. On March 23 the Government ordered hospitality businesses to close and said that people should stay at home and only essential travel is permitted. With very few exceptions all hotels, bed […]

Residents warned to be vigilant against COVID-19 scams

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to local residents and businesses to be aware of fraudsters who are trying to exploit fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. The outbreak of coronavirus has seen an increase in scams that include counterfeit medical kits that claim to prevent or cure the disease and […]

Rogue car dealer sentenced

A Somerset used car dealer has been ordered by a judge to pay more than £7,000 after being sentenced for a series of offences including misdescribing vehicles. Following a prosecution brought by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service; Malvin Price of Chilton Cantelo, was sentenced on 11 July at Taunton Crown Court for breaches […]

Some baby sleep bags may not be up to standard

Parents are urged to follow the advice issued by the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service when purchasing baby sleep bags after some brands failed quality tests. Baby sleep bags are full length fabric bags with a neck opening and armholes but without sleeves or a hood. They are designed to keep the baby […]

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 […]