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Trading standards news

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Leamington man sentenced after illegal cigarette lies in Coventry

Published on Tuesday, 12 December 2017

12 months Prison Sentence for storing illegal tobacco products.

Coventry man sentenced over illegal cigarettes

Published on Monday, 27 November 2017

Mr Hemin Hassan Abass, 37, of Swancroft Road, appeared before a judge recently (21 November) after Coventry’s Trading Standards Team found illegal cigarettes in his van.

Trading Standards issue warning on bogus phone calls claiming to come from HMRC

Published on Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Residents are being urged to be wary of bogus telephone calls claiming to be from HMRC.


Jail for rogue trader who targeted Coventry pensioners

Published on Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Three rogue traders pleaded guilty to offences under Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations following an inspection into roofing work at the home of an elderly couple in March 2016.

Shopkeeper fined over illegal cigarettes

Published on Thursday, 26 October 2017

A former city shopkeeper has been ordered to pay over £1,300 after illegal cigarettes were found in his store.

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Record haul of illegal cigarettes seized in city

Published on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Over one million illegal cigarettes were seized in a joint operation between Coventry Trading Standards, Coventry Police and Immigration yesterday (9 October).

Coventry store loses alcohol licence

Published on Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A Coventry shopkeeper has lost his licence to sell alcohol after his store was caught selling illegal cigarettes to a child.

Trading Standards issue warning on bogus phone calls claiming to come from HMRC

Published on Monday, 25 September 2017

Residents are being urged to be wary of bogus telephone calls claiming to be from HMRC.

Justice in the end for shopkeeper caught with counterfeit cigarettes

Published on Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A Coventry man has been sentenced to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and a £900 fine for being caught with counterfeit cigarettes.

Tobacco crime not to be sniffed at by Trading Standards across Central England

Published on Monday, 24 July 2017

Over 5.5 million illegal cigarettes and 645 kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized by local Trading Standards within the Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CEnTSA).

Trading Standards issue Hajj Fraud warning to Saudi Arabia pilgrims

Published on Thursday, 15 June 2017

Coventry Trading Standards have issued a warning to local residents who are planning their Hajj pilgrimage to prevent them becoming victims to fraudulent travel agents.

Coventry shop loses licence after illegal tobacco haul

Published on Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A shop in Foleshill has had its licence revoked after Coventry Trading Standards officers found illegal cigarettes hidden in a sewage drain and sweet jars.

Trading Standards issue warning on Robbie Williams ticket fraudsters

Published on Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Concert-goers are being urged to watch out for ticket fraudsters ahead of next week’s Robbie Williams gig.

Coventry curry house fined over ‘lamb’ meal

Published on Friday, 26 May 2017

New Bengal Spice Prosecuted for selling beef as lamb.

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Dog helps sniff out illegal tobacco

Published on Thursday, 18 May 2017

Two shop workers have appeared in court after a sniffer dog helped Trading Standards officers discover illegal cigarettes and tobacco.

Fine for Coventry businessman involved in illegal cosmetics sales

Published on Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Coventry shopkeeper and his limited company have been ordered to pay a total of £2,732 after pleading guilty to five offences of possession of illegal cosmetics products.

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Coventry Trading Standards seize hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of illegal cigarettes and tobacco.

Published on Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Over 1 million cigarettes and 170kg of hand rolling tobacco have been seized in the past year by Coventry Trading Standards officials.

Counterfeit cigarette seizure lands trio in court

Published on Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Three Coventry men have been sentenced to carry out a total of more than 600 hours of unpaid work for being involved in selling counterfeit and non-duty paid cigarettes and tobacco.

National Consumer Week #SwitchedOn

Published on Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The 2016 National Consumer Week campaign, Switched On, has launched today (28 November).

Dog Day Nov 2016

Dogs sniff out illegal trade

Published on Friday, 04 November 2016

Nearly £2500 worth of illegal cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco were seized from five Coventry shops this week as part of the ongoing work of Coventry Trading Standards to clamp down on illegal trade

Trading Standards issue Halloween Warning

Published on Friday, 28 October 2016

As Halloween approaches, Coventry Trading Standards is reminding parents to be vigilant and protect their children from risks associated with fancy dress costumes that they may not be aware of.

Mice problem leads to £1,000 fine for city restaurant

Published on Monday, 26 September 2016

The owner of a city fast food restaurant has been fined £1,000 after magistrates heard of a number of food hygiene offences – including mouse droppings around the kitchen.


Gas Safety Week 2016 – are you and your family safe?

Published on Friday, 16 September 2016

Gas Safety Week 2016 and unsafe second hand gas cooker.

Residents warned about puppy love as dog is quarantined

Published on Monday, 05 September 2016

Trading Standards are reminding people who are thinking of buying a dog to be cautious about illegally imported puppies.

Dirty chicken restaurant put customers at risk

Published on Thursday, 25 August 2016

The owners of a city chicken shop have been fined for breaches in food hygiene, including failing to protect food against contamination likely to make it unfit for human consumption.

Doorstep scams

Trading Standards urge vigilance over bank holiday weekend

Published on Thursday, 25 August 2016

Coventry Trading Standards are urging residents in the city to be aware of rogue traders over the bank holiday weekend.

Shirking shisha bar owner prosecuted

Published on Thursday, 25 August 2016

An evasive owner of a city shisha bar has been prosecuted for breaching the Health Act 2006 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Counterfeit crackdown success

Published on Thursday, 11 August 2016

1.4 million counterfeit and illicit cigarettes have been seized by specialist tobacco sniffer dogs in a campaign across Central England.

Coventry Trading Standards work across region to prosecute rogue plumbers

Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016

Coventry Trading Standards team have assisted in the prosecution of Birmingham-based plumbing companies that duped their elderly customers.

Doorstep scams

National Scam Awareness Month – Doorstep Crime

Published on Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The final week of Scam Awareness Month sees the focus for Coventry Trading Standards moving onto doorstep scams.

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Tip off leads to Trading Standards haul of pirated DVDs

Published on Thursday, 21 July 2016

Following a tip off from a member of the public and intelligence gathered, Coventry Trading Standards seized a large number of pirated DVDs from a city shop last night (20 July).

Scam letters.

National Scam Awareness Month – beware scam mail

Published on Thursday, 21 July 2016

Scam Awareness Month continues and this week, Coventry Trading Standards are focusing on mail scams.

Beware long lost relatives and extra lucky lotteries

Published on Monday, 11 July 2016

As part of scam awareness month, Coventry’s Trading Standards team are warning people of some online pitfalls that can lead to being scammed over the internet.

July is Scam Awareness Month

Published on Friday, 01 July 2016

Launch of Scam Awareness Month 2016. Throughout July the four key channels used to conduct scams will be looked at which are: • Telephone Scams • Online Scams • Mail Scams • Doorstep Scams

Coventry butcher prosecuted for selling mutton (and beef, pork and chicken) dressed as lamb

Published on Monday, 20 June 2016

Coventry butcher prosecuted for selling mutton (and beef, pork and chicken) dressed as lamb.

Trading Standards trial success with call blocking device

Published on Friday, 10 June 2016

A trial project to install call blockers in the homes of vulnerable residents has been hailed a success after preventing over 1,000 scam phone calls over 12 weeks.

Scrap car dealer caught in Trading Standards investigation

Published on Friday, 10 June 2016

A Coventry man has been ordered to pay over £15,000 after a court heard how he agreed to sell people’s scrap or broken down vehicles – but often failed to hand over any payment.

Thousands of cigarettes seized in raid

Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Trading Standards officers and police have seized over 30,000 illegal cigarettes and pouches of tobacco in a raid at a city house.

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Beware ticket scams

Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Coventry Trading Standards are warning football fans desperate to go to Euro 2016 that they face a greater risk of being ripped off on social media sites as they account for half of all ticket scams.

Newsletter out now

Warning over fake pension reviews

Published on Thursday, 05 May 2016

Trading Standards are warning people to watch out for bogus pension review phone calls.

Coventry store loses alcohol licence

Published on Thursday, 10 March 2016

A Coventry mini market / off-licence has lost its licence to sell alcohol. 

Fine for filthy factory is not so sweet

Published on Thursday, 10 March 2016

The owner of a sweet-making factory has been landed with a fine that will leave a bitter taste in his mouth following his failure to keep the premises clean.

Blue Badge copycat website warning

Published on Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Trading Standards officers are warning Blue Badge holders in the city of the risk of being targeted by copycat websites for applications and renewals.

Sentences send warning about illegal tobacco

Published on Friday, 04 December 2015

Trading Standards are calling on people to report illegal tobacco after four people were fined a total of £15,600 for trying to sell goods with a street value of £3,000.

Illegally imported dog quarantined

Published on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Coventry City Council Trading Standards are warning would be purchasers of puppies from abroad to take extra care.

Consumers urged to know their rights

Published on Tuesday, 03 November 2015

Consumers and local businesses are being urged to get to grips with the new provisions in the Consumer Rights Act which came into force on October 1 2015 to avoid frustration when buying or selling goods or services especially in the run up to Christmas.

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