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…

Trader admits storing explosives without licence

A man has admitted storing dangerous explosives – one of which detonated in a woman’s hand at the War and Peace Revival Show. Paul Heddell, trading as PDH Enterprises, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday (July 21) charged with storing approximately 73kg of explosives without a licence and failing in his duty of care…

Cute and cuddly but potentially deadly

It might look cute and cuddly but more than 2,000 of these unstuffed teddy bears were seized by KCC Trading Standards. The eyes and nose are badly attached leading to a potential choking hazard and sharp points protrude from the bear’s scarf. KCC Trading Standards manager Mark Rolfe said: “As well as small sharp points…

KCC Trading Standards help fight cybercrime

KCC Trading Standards has launched a campaign to raise awareness of cybercrime and educate residents on the dangers posed by criminals on the internet. The aim is to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empower the public to stay safe and secure online. Malicious software, also known as malware, is created by criminals to…

Market stall seller found with fake goods

A market trader has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work after being caught by Kent County Council Trading Standards selling counterfeit clothes. John Whittle, 53, was charged with 19 offences of possessing and selling clothes as authentic brands when they were in fact counterfeit. They included Superdry, Ralph Lauren, Fred Perry, Hollister, Jack…

KCC Trading Standards tackle scam mail

Kent County Council Trading Standards officers have been training Royal Mail posties in Maidstone to help prevent vulnerable residents becoming victims of fraudsters. The training aims to bring down organised international scammers with Trading Standards determining whether mail is fraudulent. They then alert Royal Mail, before writing to the company requesting they stop posting the…

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UK Skunkworks branches forfeit their ‘lethal highs’

More than 800 “lethal highs” seized at five Kent branches of UK Skunkworks have been permanently forfeited after court action by KCC Trading Standards. The shops in Gravesend, Maidstone, Canterbury, Ashford and Sheerness have been prevented from selling the products since enforcement action by KCC Trading Standards in July. The five branches are all franchises…