Council urges vigilance over paving contracts

South Gloucestershire trading standards is urging local residents to be very careful signing home improvement contracts when dealing with doorstep salespeople. Several block paving businesses which operate in the region are suspected to be routinely back-dating contracts when they are signed by customers. This has the effect of denying them their legal entitlement to a seven-day cooling off period, within

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Curfew for counterfeit goods market trader

A South Gloucestershire market trader has been handed a 12 week curfew order after his stall was found stocked with 255 items of counterfeit clothing, including copies of brands like Bench, Henleys and Adidas. Amarjit Singh, 18, of Sutherland Avenue, Downend, appeared before Northavon Magistrates on Tuesday 18th January and pleaded guilty to 14 charges of possessing counterfeit goods for

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People power helps trading standards crackdown on scams

The people of South Gloucestershire are being urged to help end the scourge of mass marketed scam mailing, by taking part in a nationwide Scamnesty campaign. South Gloucestershire Council is backing the Office of Fair Trading campaign, which runs throughout February, by encouraging its residents to collect any scam mailing they receive and drop them into designated Scamnesty bins located

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Joint taxi operation to safeguard residents’ safety

A joint operation to check on South Gloucestershire registered taxis took place on Saturday 12 December. The operation was carried out by South Gloucestershire Council licensing enforcement officers, Avon and Somerset Road Policing Unit and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). Designed to protect taxi users over the busy Christmas season, the operation included checks on tax, vehicle insurance,

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Counterfeit clothes seized in joint operation

Three men were arrested at a market in Filton on Saturday (5 December) following a joint operation by South Gloucestershire Council trading standards and Avon and Somerset Police. Alleged sellers of counterfeit clothing and footwear were targeted as the market was being set up at Filton Recreation Centre. Trading standards and police officers were accompanied by trade mark representatives from

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