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Telephone scam warning

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is warning residents to be on their guard after unscrupulous telephone scammers attempted to con a grieving ex-serviceman out of half of his savings. … 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

Online trader who sold illegal cosmetics ordered to pay back £31,000 or go to jail

An online trader who made thousands from peddling banned cosmetics and cures, which she falsely claimed could cure serious illnesses, has been ordered to pay back £31,000 of her ill-gotten … Continue reading

Reminder to businesses to check identity of “official” callers

Staff from official bodies, like the police, fire service, or local councils, who have to visit businesses as part of their jobs, are provided with identification material, like photo cards … Continue reading

Ban for Devon smallholders who neglected their animals

A couple who ran a small holding in Bradworthy where horses, cattle and pigs were kept in squalid conditions and regularly denied access to fresh water and feed have been … Continue reading

Businesses enlisted to help combat modern slavery

Businesses across Devon and Cornwall will be given help and training to recognise the signs of modern day slavery and how to report it. The new scheme is being launched … Continue reading

Operation Rogue Trader targets doorstep criminals

Rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers across Devon and Somerset were targeted by Police and Trading Standards officers in a joint operation last week. As part of Rogue Trader Week, … Continue reading

Illegal tobacco seized in Devon, Somerset and Torbay

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco across Devon , Somerset and Torbay uncovered more than 8,100 cigarettes and four kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed … Continue reading

African swine fever identified in wild boar in Belgium

African swine fever has been identified in some wild boar in Belgium. Information about the disease – including the GB Disease Control Strategy which will underpin the government response if … Continue reading

Devon, Somerset and Torbay residents offered free car servicing quality checks

Residents in Devon, Somerset and Torbay are being offered the chance to have an independent motor expert review the quality of a recent vehicle service. The free quality check is … Continue reading