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Trading Standards prosecutions

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

South Hams farmer banned from keeping animals

An Ugborough farmer has been banned from keeping animals after pleading guilty to animal welfare offences. William Luscombe, 61, of Stone Farm, Ugborough, South Hams, was sentenced on Tuesday 3 … Continue reading

Teignbridge farmer banned from keeping animals

A Buckfastleigh farmer has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years following a prosecution brought by Devon, Somerset & Torbay Trading Standards Service (DSTTSS). Graham Mabin, 36, of Market … 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

Company boss admits misleading customers

The director of a North Devon company which specialised in cleaning and repairing wax jackets, has been told to pay almost £4,500 in fines, costs and compensation for misleading consumers. … Continue reading

Rogue builder jailed for 46 months

A rogue builder has been jailed for three years and ten months (Monday March 18) for defrauding his victims. At Exeter Crown Court Lee Antony Butterworth, 47, of Oxlea Close, … Continue reading

Somerset farmer is banned from keeping livestock for 10 years

A Somerset farmer who was ‘indifferent’ to the suffering he caused his animals has been banned from keeping animals for ten years and told to pay £15,000. Brian Churches, 58, … Continue reading

Rogue stove-fitter from Somerset sentenced

An unqualified rogue stove fitter from Crewkerne who installed an appliance that emitted potentially lethal carbon monoxide whenever it was lit, has been given a suspended four-month prison sentence. At … Continue reading

Rogue stove installer pleads guilty

An unqualified stove fitter from Somerset who lied about his certification and installed an appliance so badly it produced carbon monoxide whenever it was lit, has pleaded guilty to 15 … Continue reading

Jail for farmer who ignored animal welfare advice

A Devon farmer found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal has been given a custodial prison sentence and banned from keeping cows and sheep. William Douglas Dolley, of … Continue reading