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Traders reminded to check ID on age-restricted goods

Traders are being reminded that they are putting their livelihoods at risk by not asking for identification when selling age-restricted goods. The warning from Heart of the South West Trading … Continue reading

Businesses are urged to prepare for this October’s ban on some single-use plastics

Our Trading Standards service is reminding businesses, such as takeaways, sandwich bars, care homes and retailers who supply certain single-use plastic items, that a ban comes into force this October, … Continue reading

Shop selling vapes and drug paraphernalia to children closed down

Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service has worked with police to close a second store in Taunton which was selling vapes and drug paraphernalia to children and counterfeit … Continue reading

Majority of ‘sandwich bars’ tested in breach of new allergen law

100 sandwich shops, delis and bakeries tested across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Businesses, such as delis or bakeries who prepare then package food for sale, are being urged not … Continue reading

Rogue builder jailed for fraud

A rogue builder from North Devon has been jailed for two years eight months for defrauding his customers out of approximately £38,000. At Exeter Crown Court on Thursday, March 30, … Continue reading

Trading Standards warns lettings agents to protect client’s money after firm fined £8,000

Trading Standards is reminding letting agents of their legal obligation to protect money they are holding on behalf of a client after a tribunal upheld an £8,000 fine imposed on … Continue reading

£20,000 of illicit tobacco seized in Taunton

More than £20,000 of illicit tobacco was seized from a store in Taunton on Tuesday (21 February). The joint operation was carried out by the Heart of the South West … Continue reading

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 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