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Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards shortlisted for ‘best’ service

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has been shortlisted for the 2020 LGC Awards in the ‘Best Service Delivery Model’ category. The award recognises local authorities which have pioneered … Continue reading

Rogue handyman who defrauded pensioner given two year suspended sentence and told to pay over £13,000

A rogue handyman has been sentenced for fraud after charging a vulnerable pensioner £100,000 for gardening and maintenance work. At Taunton Crown Court on Wednesday 16 October, Thomas Samuel Godfrey, … Continue reading

Devon supermarkets successful in voluntary ban on energy drinks for under 16s

A voluntary ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 16-year olds in Devon supermarkets has been found to be successful following a recent exercise. The ‘mystery shopper’ exercise … Continue reading

Newton Abbot Market signs the ‘fake-free’ charter

Newton Abbot Market is committed to fake-free trading and has signed the Real Deal National Markets Charter with Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service. By signing the charter, the … Continue reading

Rogue handyman admits defrauding elderly lady over ‘years’

A rogue handyman has pleaded guilty to fraud after charging a vulnerable pensioner £100,000 for gardening and maintenance work. At Taunton Crown Court on Monday 16 September, Thomas Samuel Godfrey, … Continue reading

Don’t become a victim – training resource is launched to safeguard young people from scams

A free training resource, designed to help safeguard children and young people from scams, has been launched by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards today. Young Friends Against Scams has … Continue reading

Multi-agency investigation into trading of endangered species

Thirty macaque skulls were seized from a property in South Devon following a search by officers from Devon and Cornwall Police, supported by partners including trading standards. On Tuesday 13 … Continue reading

Trading standards warns of blind cord danger to toddlers

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is reminding parents of the dangers blind cords can pose to children under five. The warning follows the recent tragic death of two-year-old … Continue reading

Bideford builder sentenced for fraud

A North Devon builder and handy-man has been told to carry out 200 hours of community work and pay £1,000 after being sentenced for fraud at Barnstaple Magistrates Court.   … Continue reading

Devon and Somerset restaurants “meating expectations”

Residents and visitors to the Westcountry can be assured that restaurants and gastro-pubs are accurately describing the geographical provenance of their locally sourced meats. Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards … Continue reading


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