Illegal tobacco seized from Maidstone shops

Nearly 35,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized by KCC Trading Standards officers in a series of visits to shops in Maidstone as part of Operation CeCe, a National Trading Standards initiative in partnership with HMRC. Kent Police Community Safety Unit and Maidstone Borough Council’s Community Protection Team supported the initiative across two days of action.…

Dial in for free Brexit business advice

Kent businesses needing help to navigate new trade rules will be able to put their queries directly to experts – including Kent County Council Trading Standards. Hosted by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday’s EU Transition: Ask the Experts’ free zoom webinar, 10.30am-12.30pm, is designed to be highly interactive with the content of the…

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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Money-launderer jailed after Trading Standards investigation

Building and roofing scams across Kent, including in Tovil (Maidstone), and Willesborough (Ashford) have resulted in a successful prosecution of a man for money-laundering, following an investigation led by KCC Trading Standards. Vincenzo Gimigliano was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment at the Inner London Crown Court on Thursday (7 July) after pleading guilty to 11…

Roadshow highlights illegal tobacco dangers

A major campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by illegal tobacco sales takes place in Thanet this week. Trading Standards Officers from Kent County Council will be working alongside Kent Fire and Rescue, the Margate Task Force and representatives from Public Health at a series of roadshows at five different locations from Monday (4…

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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…

Smuggled cigarettes seized by KCC Trading Standards

Smuggled cigarettes and tobacco have been stubbed out after being seized by KCC Trading Standards officers. In total 760 cigarettes were found at one premises – with 2,340 single cigarettes in total seized – alongside 75 pouches of tobacco in raids on seven shops, two in Dover and five in Folkestone. The operation was carried…

Don’t bovver with dodgy hoverboards

They might have been the transport of choice for Marty McFly but KCC Trading Standards is warning people to make the right choice when it comes to getting a hoverboard. They’re the must-have Christmas present of 2015 but a rash of cheap knock-offs, predominantly from China, are threatening to ruin Christmas morning. They retail for…