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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

Students and other renters warned to be wary of paying ‘banned’ fees

Private tenants such as students looking for new digs ahead of the autumn semester are being warned not to get caught out by costly rental fees which have now been … Continue reading

Consumers urged to be wary of ‘inaccurate’ thermometers

Trading Standards is urging members of the public and healthcare professionals to take care when purchasing infrared thermometers online. It follows an alert by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory … 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

Book now for free farmers’ wellbeing webinar

Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is holding a webinar to promote wellbeing in the farming community on Thursday 22 July. The pandemic and Brexit have put huge pressure … Continue reading

Food labelling rules are changing in October – sign up to a free webinar to find out how it affects your business

Businesses throughout the region who sell or serve food prepared on the premises can learn more about the changes in food labelling legislation at two free webinars. Hosted by Heart … Continue reading

Made in Devon will be at Devon County Show this year

Our Made in Devon team will be at Devon County Show on 2-4 July, with a stand in the Devon County Council area of the showground. We will be promoting … Continue reading

Farmer who caused lamb ‘unnecessary suffering’ given two year livestock ban

A North Devon farmer who pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a lamb has been banned from keeping cattle and sheep for two years. Andrew Conibear, 57, of Knapp … Continue reading

Heart of the South West Better Business for All wins national award

The Heart of the South West Better Business for All partnership (HotSW BBFA) has won the Better Business for All award at the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) … Continue reading

Trading Standards urges renters not to be caught out by banned tenancy fees

Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has launched a new campaign to help prevent renters in the region being caught out by fees that have now been banned. … Continue reading