Counterfeit goods land seller in court

A man who sold counterfeit goods from a relative’s address in Folkestone through Facebook has appeared in court, following a KCC Trading Standards investigation. Richard Friend appeared before Canterbury Magistrates’ Court (on Tuesday 20 September) charged with14 Trade Mark offences and admitted selling counterfeit goods through his Facebook page. The Trading Standards investigation was launched…

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Dodgy horse dealer jailed

A horse-dealer who conned clients out of thousands of pounds by falsely describing the health and condition of some of the animals she sold has been jailed. Karen Ruston previously pleaded guilty to 11 offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and two offences under the Horse Passport Regulations 2009 in a…

Deck the halls safely this Christmas

Potentially life-threatening LED Christmas lights have been seized by Kent Trading Standards. They were discovered on sale through an online auction site and were brought to attention by a Dover resident who received an electric shock when they were plugged into the mains. Tests revealed the lights were poorly constructed, using inferior components, and leaving access…

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Overpriced driveways lead conman to prison

Investigations by KCC Trading Standards played a major part in bringing a persistent doorstep conman to justice. Between February and April 2015 Patrick Doran and his company, Quality Style Paving Limited, targeted four victim households in Kent, carrying out substandard and significantly overpriced driveway work. Doran (25) was jailed for a total of 27 months…

Rogue traders – help stop them

Kent County Council Trading Standards is asking residents to report sightings of rogue traders. Help us and Kent Police catch the rogues before they cause misery, devastation and financial hardship to you and someone you know.   How can you help? Has a doorstep trader offered or have you received a leaflet offering the following…