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£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

Farmer banned from keeping cattle

A Somerset farmer has been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £4,642 and banned from keeping cattle for life. Sally Jones, 63, of Brent Knoll in Somerset pleaded guilty … Continue reading

Rogue trader pleads guilty to fraud

A rogue trader from North Devon who took money for landscaping and building work that was either done poorly or not started has pleaded guilty to fraud. At Barnstaple Magistrates … Continue reading

Don’t let ‘toxic mould’ scammers into your home Trading Standards warns

Trading Standards is warning homeowners across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay to be wary of scammers who are trying to take advantage of concerns about ‘toxic mould’. Heart of the … 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 gives advice on how to ensure toys are safe this Christmas

To help ensure that the toys you are buying this Christmas are safe Trading Standards has released two short videos. The videos, about toy safety and buying electrical goods, feature … Continue reading

Fears that increasing debt could tempt more people to turn to loan sharks this Christmas

Trading Standards is again warning people not to be tempted by ‘loan sharks’ this Christmas. And they advise if you do find yourself ensnared to contact the confidential 24-hour Stop … 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

Victims of international postal scam to have money returned

The Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service will be returning thousands of pounds to residents from across the region who were defrauded in an international lottery scam. The … Continue reading