Trading standards monthly news

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February 2019

Skin lightener couple appear at Crown Court

A married couple from Southsea appeared at the Inner London Crown Court to answer charges in relation to the online sale skin lightening products that contained the prohibited ingredient hydroquinone. The case against Mr Jonathan Ikpere and Mrs Holiness Ikpere was brought following online test purchases and an inspection under warrant at their home. Some 2,900 cosmetic products were seized, included what are believed to be home manufactured items. The work was led by Southwark as part of a National Trading Standards funded unsafe cosmetic project conducted in 2017-18. Mrs Ikpere pleaded guilty to 4 charges but her husband pleaded not guilty to the same offences as well as additional charges including one of money laundering. Mrs Ikpere will be sentenced at the conclusion of Mr Ikpere’s trial which has been fixed for a date in August 2019.

Underage cigarette sales

A program of tobacco test purchasing by underage volunteers was concluded with a total of 40 test purchases made this financial year by 15 to 17 year old volunteers. The compliance rate was 85% which was an increase of 22% from the previous year’s program.

Suspect clothing shoes and bags seized

Police stopped a vehicle in Walworth which was found to contain in the region of 100 pairs of branded footwear. A search of the driver’s home address found a further 200 branded clothing and footwear items. All of the products are believed to be counterfeit and were handed over to trading standards to continue the investigation. 19 fake designer named bags were also seized at a local general store and were later voluntarily surrendered by the business owner.

Page last updated: 11 March 2019