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Most shops ‘refuse’ to sell vapes to children

An operation by Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service (HotSW TS) and supported by Devon and Cornwall Police has found that the majority of Plymouth businesses recently visited … Continue reading

Guidance given to home-based online pet food suppliers

Home-based online pet food suppliers are being reminded of the importance of ensuring that the products that they sell are legal after 10 were found to be selling products that … Continue reading

Trading Standards safety message for e-bike or e-scooter owners or buyers

Trading Standards is advising consumers and businesses to ensure that e-scooters and Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (e-bikes) are safe and compliant with the correct safety regulations before they are purchased, … Continue reading

Shopkeeper admits selling counterfeit tobacco

A Taunton shopkeeper has pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit tobacco and has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of community work. Allen Ahmadi, 31, proprietor of Wawel Polish shop, … Continue reading

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

56 per cent of the businesses we checked were in breach of new allergen law

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


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