Tag Archives: Trading Standards

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 […]

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 […]

Carpet cleaner pleads guilty to fraud

A trader who travelled the country offering to clean householder’s carpets, including that of a vulnerable dementia sufferer, for rock-bottom prices before hiking his charges by up to 5,400 per cent has plead guilty  to seven offences. On 18th  November, 2015 at Exeter Magistrates Court, just before a three day trial was scheduled to start, […]