Articles in the Local News Category
A rogue internet trader who sold fake versions of gadgets from top brands has been stopped by Portsmouth City Council investigators.
After complaints from customers about dodgy products, they raided his premises and found thousands of counterfeit Apple, Sony, Nintendo, Sennheiser and Monster items.
Michael Reeder, 35, of Carbis Close, Port Solent, Portsmouth, was convicted last week (19 March) after a complex 18-month operation by the council’s trading standards team.
Reeder denied 13 offences under the Trade Marks Act but was found guilty of all of them, and is to be sentenced at Portsmouth …
Child car seats
Last updated: 13 April 2012 08:52 UK
Children younger than 12 or under 135 centimetres tall must use an appropriate child restraint
7/10 seats are still failing our safety checks. The Which? Guide has recently carried out an indepth report which shows why so many seats are failing to fit.
Meridian Tonight has recently investigated this issue across the county with some worrying results. They commissioned a two part report showing regional test results and secret filming of local suppliers.
Free child car seat check days are run throughout the year and …
3 Year Alcohol Report – Trading Standards
Purpose of this Document: To demonstrate how the engagement and education of retailers has had a positive impact on compliance with the 2003 Licensing Act, while maintaining high customer satisfaction and enforcement success.
Summary of Figures
Test Purchase failure Rate reduced for 28% in 2008 to 6% in 2011.
Use local Licensing Policy Consultation period to ensure the expectations of the relevant authorities are properly represented.
Assess all applicants’ training materials for front line staff and add licence conditions relating to training delivery expectations, signposting or delivering training …
DISHONEST Michael Smith used a blue badge which belonged to his late stepdad to dodge parking charges.
And when he was caught out, Smith claimed the badge’s dead owner was alive and had just popped to the shops.
Smith used the blue badge up to five times a week for more than 18 months to avoid paying to park in Portsmouth following Desmond Quinn’s death.
But he was caught out after a parking services investigator became suspicious.
When questioned by police and a council investigator at his tattoo business at The Arches in The …
Published on Monday 7 November 2011 09:30
THOUSANDS of pounds made from selling illegal cigarettes have been confiscated by Portsmouth City Council.
Shopkeeper Omaid Ramazan Abdul Rahman, who traded at Fratton Food Store, in Fratton Road, was ordered to pay back £3,297.
Trading standards officers seized more than 24,000 cigarettes that were incorrectly labelled, with some specifically manufactured to avoid tax.
In July he received a two-month prison sentence suspended for a year and was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.
Now the council has won a case against him …
Safe Shopping Area to Launch
It has been found that people with learning disabilities are often faced with challenges when shopping. At Portsmouth City Council trading standards service we believe consumer rights should be rights for everyone to enjoy and with this in mind we are launching a Safe Shopping Area in the City Centre in October of this year.
The purpose of this is not to penalise traders but to let those with learning disabilities know that they will be treated fairly and can be confident when visiting stores in …
Published on Friday 5 August 2011 13:09
A SHOP caught repeatedly selling alcohol to children in undercover stings has had its licence revoked.
Licence holder Rakesh Basra sold a bottle of 14.5 per cent Sidekick and 10 Mayfair cigarettes to a person under 18 at Stop N Go in a trading standards operation.
At the time the shop’s licence had already been suspended for three months over poor record-keeping and alcohol being sold to a child previously.
The store’s licence could have been reinstated after the initial three-month suspension – if no more …
A series of free events are being held next week in a bid to make young people aware of their rights as a shopper.
From Monday 8 August until Friday 12 August Community Trading Standards Officers and volunteers from The Edge scheme from Portsmouth City Council will be out and about at various locations throughout the city. They’ll be on hand to meet with young people, give them free advice, and provide them with first class information on their rights as a shopper. There will also be fun activities held at …