Tag Archives: Trading Standards

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 […]

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, […]

Protect your business from Cyber Crime with Trading Standards

Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service is hosting a free event in October to help businesses protect themselves against digital threats. Digital crime can affect any business which uses a computer or communicates digitally with customers or suppliers. If your business uses email, online banking and internet marketing your business could potentially be at risk […]