Tag Archives: Trading Standards

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 […]

Torbay joins Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service

The joint Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service has now welcomed Torbay to the mix. This will be the first time three English Trading Standards services have merged into a single shared service. The plan gives all three councils ‘greater clout’ at a time of significant financial pressure, regulatory change and increasing demand. Devon County […]

Thinking of buying a puppy this festive period?

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards have issued a warning to prospective dog purchasers, advising them to beware of buying from illegal puppy dealers. Increasing numbers of puppies are being illegally imported into the UK from puppy farms across Europe. Often they’re too young to have left their mothers, and having endured long journeys to the […]

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 […]

Car dealer fined for cheating his customers

A used car salesman from South Somerset, who cheated his customers, has been ordered to pay £4,250 in fines and damages. Malvin Price, 35, of The Cypress House Road, Chilton Cantelo, pleaded guilty to two charges of selling ‘misdescribed’ vehicles at a hearing at Yeovil Magistrates Court on Wednesday 16 November. The hearing followed an investigation […]

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 […]