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Trading Standards prosecutions

‘Crime doesn’t pay’; Rogue builder told to pay back over £200,000

Our Service prosecuted a rogue builder earlier this year, and now that builder could be paying out for ‘the rest of his life’. Samuel Harvey, of Greenbank Road, Barnstaple, was … Continue reading

Rogue trader ordered to repay elderly victim £27,500

A rogue trader has been ordered to pay almost £40,000 after convincing a pensioner to let him carry out roofing work that wasn’t needed. The victim, from Somerset, used her … Continue reading

Rogue trader jailed

Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service is warning rogue traders that if they break the law they will be prosecuted after Ambrose Christopher Reilly from Plymouth was jailed … 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

Plumber who defrauded elderly couple given suspended sentence

A rogue plumbing and heating engineer who ‘preyed’ on an elderly couple, defrauding them of £13,000, has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence. Gary Coombes, 58, of 20 Quantock … 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

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

Farmer fined for side-stepping rules to prevent Bovine TB spread

A Somerset farmer who moved cattle without first testing them for TB, a legal requirement to safeguard other herds from infection, has been ordered to pay over £5,000. On Wednesday … Continue reading