Trading standards monthly news

November 2021

Spirit substitution

Following anonymous complaints about cheap unbranded spirits being sold as premium brands, two licensed premises were inspected. A number samples from branded bottles were taken for laboratory analysis to confirm their authenticity.

Builder pleads guilty to Fraud Act offences

Richard Nicholls, of Hotspur Street in Shrewsbury, pleaded guilty to four charges against him at the Inner London Crown Court. The case relates to three separate building companies he was involved with. He pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by falsely representing work would be carried out to a professional standard, two counts of fraudulent trading and one of participating in a fraudulent business. Nicholls will not be sentenced until after a co-defendant's trial is heard in June 2022.

Knives test purchasing

An underage sales test purchasing operation took place with local police to check premises were not selling knives children. Volunteer police cadets aged 14 and 15 were used to attempt four test purchases at premises across the borough. All premises correctly declined to sell. The exercise was part of a London wide program conducted by police and trading standards authorities called Operation Sceptre.

Avian Flu

Contact was made with registered poultry keepers in the borough following the imposition of a country wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone under animal health legislation. A subsequent housing order for all poultry and captive birds was publicised and advice issued to parks team managers regarding wild birds.

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