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…

Trading Standards jacket

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…

Success for ‘lethal highs’ crackdown

A campaign aimed at tackling the problem of New Psychoactive Substances – the so-called “legal highs” – in Kent has achieved significant success. Officers from KCC and Medway Trading Standards, with the support of police, targeted 16 town centre shops across the county where substances were seized in raids last summer. At that time, more…

Community Wardens win award for scammers project

The work of Kent County Council’s Community Wardens saw them receive an award for protecting consumers in the county. They received the Hero Award at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute’s Conference in Bournemouth. Community Wardens work in partnership with KCC Trading Standards, police and local authorities and have campaigned to prevent and reduce scam crime…

Craig Phillips and Linda Barker at the partnership launch.

Launch of new recommended trader scheme

KCC Trading Standards has teamed up with Checkatrade.com in a bid to protect the county’s 1.5million residents from rogue traders and to support legitimate businesses. The new partnership is inviting local tradespeople to join its website directory, which gets more than 105,000 hits every month from people in Kent looking for a reputable trader. Businesses…