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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

Farmers invited to a free wellbeing and mental health support webinar

Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service commissioned by Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay councils is holding the next in a series of webinars to promote Mental Health and … Continue reading

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declared across Great Britain

Bird flu – Latest situation: Avian influenza prevention zone declared across Great Britain Poultry keepers must take action now to protect their flocks from bird flu this winter. From 5pm … Continue reading

Trading Standards wins national award for supporting farmers during pandemic

Trading Standards has been nationally acclaimed for a ground-breaking project which focuses on farmers’ mental health and strengthens links with rural communities. The Heart of the South West Trading Standards … Continue reading

Rogue builder from Tiverton jailed

A rogue builder from Tiverton has been sentenced to 27 months in prison, the majority of which was for fraudulent trading. Lee Brent Butler, 40, of Gale Way in Tiverton, … Continue reading

Almost £60,000 of illegal tobacco seized

Illegal tobacco worth almost £60,000 has been confiscated from retailers across the region following a series of operations. Led by Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards and supported by … Continue reading