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Year: 2022

Closure order granted for shop which sold vapes to children

A shop in Taunton which sold vapes, illegal tobacco products and other drug paraphernalia, including cannabis grinders and bongs, to children has been ordered to close following a court hearing. … Continue reading

Police and Trading Standards join forces to tackle underage alcohol sales

Devon & Cornwall Police united with the Heart of the South West Trading Standards and Plymouth City Council Licencing and carried out test alcohol purchases by under 18s in Plymouth. … Continue reading

Trading Standards gives advice on how to ensure toys are safe this Christmas

To help ensure that the toys you are buying this Christmas are safe Trading Standards has released two short videos. The videos, about toy safety and buying electrical goods, feature … Continue reading

Fears that increasing debt could tempt more people to turn to loan sharks this Christmas

Trading Standards is again warning people not to be tempted by ‘loan sharks’ this Christmas. And they advise if you do find yourself ensnared to contact the confidential 24-hour Stop … Continue reading

Trading Standards and police join forces to tackle illegal vape sales

Illegal vapes with a street value of approximately £7,400 worth has been seized from a store in Plymouth following an operation by Trading Standards and Devon and Cornwall Police. Heart … Continue reading

Victims of international postal scam to have money returned

The Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service will be returning thousands of pounds to residents from across the region who were defrauded in an international lottery scam. The … Continue reading

Trading Standards repeats its warning about loan sharks to Radio Devon

“They call them loan sharks for a reason – they circle when you’re in trouble,” was the warning from a Heart of the South West Trading Standards manager on BBC … Continue reading

Trading Standards warn of loan sharks as households borrow to meet rising costs

More than a quarter of people are resorting to using credit cards to buy food, and a fifth have borrowed money in order to pay for rising prices, it’s reported. … Continue reading

Trading Standards issue warning to look out for scammers

Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service is warning residents to look out for scams that appear to offer financial support to help households with their energy bills. Scammers … Continue reading

Farmer fined for side-stepping rules to prevent Bovine TB spread

A Somerset farmer who moved cattle without first testing them for TB, a legal requirement to safeguard other herds from infection, has been ordered to pay over £5,000. On Wednesday … Continue reading