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Staffordshire traders demonstrate responsible knife sales during trading standards operation

During a week-long operation in Newcastle and Stafford, 17 shops were visited in Stafford and 11 in Newcastle by underage volunteers working with the Trading Standards team, every shop visited as part of the knife sales operation refused to sell to underage volunteers.
Tuesday 25th September 2018

Fraudster handed suspended prison sentence

A rogue trader who fleeced £9,000 from a Staffordshire couple after claiming to carry out garden landscaping and building has been handed a nine-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to repay the total amount to the victims.
Friday 14th September 2018

Autumn Trading Standards Newsletter

Welcome to the latest issue of Trading Standards Business News. This is a free digital publication that brings local businesses the latest in regulation changes and guidance.
Friday 7th September 2018

Scam Marshal Scheme

Are you, or someone you know, inundated with scam mail? Are you tempted to respond to it? Do you want to help track down the criminals behind scams and help put a stop to their activities? If you answered yes to any of the above then why not become a Scam Marshal for the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team.
Wednesday 29th August 2018

My business is a victim of IP Crime

Intellectual property crime is when a product or creation is counterfeited or pirated for commercial gain without permission. The IP Crime Group has produced a handy tool kit for businesses explaining how they can prevent your business suffering from counterfeiting and piracy.
Friday 17th August 2018
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