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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

Illegal tobacco seller closed

A store in Tiverton has been closed for up to three months for selling illegal tobacco. The closure order, for the retailer ‘Smoke’ in Bampton Street, was granted by North … Continue reading

Trading Standards’ warning as rogue builder complaints hit two a day

Homeowners across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay are being warned by Trading Standards to be alert following concerns that increasing numbers of people are being duped by rogue builders. In … Continue reading

Partner of solar-panel fraudster gets suspended sentence

The accomplice and partner of a businessman who headed up a solar panel scam has received a 12-month suspended prison sentence. At Exeter Crown Court today (Thursday 7 April) Paula … Continue reading

Businessman jailed for 30 months in solar panel scam

People across the South West, including Devon, were scammed when buying solar panels – and now a businessman has been sentenced to 30 months in jail and banned from being … Continue reading

Illegal tobacco seized in raids across the region

Trading Standards has seized illegal tobacco worth more than £31,000 from six shops across Devon, Plymouth and Somerset. Supported by Avon & Somerset Police and Devon and Cornwall Police, officers … Continue reading