North East Lincolnshire Council

Trading standards

Remember, remember, to buy legal and safe fireworks

Trading Standards officers at North East Lincolnshire Council are urging people to only buy fireworks from registered retailers and be cautious of social media selling sites and car boot sales. With Bonfire Night just around the corner on 5 November,…

2 months ago
Don’t let your Halloween fun go up in flames

The spookiest time of year is almost upon us as people begin their mission to find the best Halloween costume. But you must remember to stay safe and ensure you are buying good quality toys, costumes and make-up. Trading Standards…

2 months ago
Trading Standards swoop on hoverboards haul

Officers from North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team have seized a haul of hoverboards deemed to be ‘dangerously unsafe’. The products, which were imported to the country from outside of the European Union and were yet to reach the…

4 months ago
TrueCall eliminates nuisance calls

Vulnerable people in North East Lincolnshire have a new defence against nuisance callers. TrueCall can reduce nuisance calls by up to 95%, and in many cases can eliminate them almost completely. North East Lincolnshire Council’s trading standards team say the…

5 months ago
Are you being charged for paying by card? It’s illegal.

Trading Standards have issued a reminder to consumers in North East Lincolnshire about the recent ban on charges for using credit and debit cards. The ban, which came into force in January this year, saw businesses across the UK and…

8 months ago
Trading standards issue warning following impersonation of an official

Trading Standards Officers are warning members of the public about the consequences of impersonating officials, following an incident in the local area. The warning followed an incident where a local business was contacted by someone claiming to belong to the…

8 months ago
Council prosecutes cold-calling duo

Two brothers from Doncaster have been given a court bill of more than £3,000 for fraud and consumer offences after breaking doorstep trading rules. Micheal and Patrick Harty, 20 and 31, of Doncaster Road, Askern, pleaded guilty to a series…

12 months ago
Trading Standards warn shoppers ahead of Christmas

Trading Standards North East Lincolnshire are warning people to watch out for cheap, fake goods in the run up to Christmas. Officers from North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team issued the warning ahead of the festive period following a…

1 year ago
Warning to parents over ‘dangerous’ baby toys

North East Lincolnshire Council Trading Standards officers have issued a warning to parents of young babies in the area, after one woman was fined for selling baby teething products that were a choking hazard. The case involving a woman in…

1 year ago
National Scams Awareness Month July 2017

From our first purchase to our last, scammers are waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting, the vulnerable, the shopper short of time, the consumer looking for the bargain. This month is National Scams Awareness Month and Citizens Advice and the…

1 year ago
Illicit tobacco seized by trading standards officers

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team have uncovered a haul of illicit rolling tobacco and cigarettes during an operation in Grimsby. The Council’s Trading Standards officers, working with specially trained sniffer dogs, found the illicit products as they searched…

1 year ago
How safe are your fidget spinners?

North East Lincolnshire Council’s trading standards team are reminding shoppers to make thorough checks when buying fidget spinners. Fidget Spinners are the latest must-have toy craze for children and while many are probably safe, there is rising concern among regulators…

1 year ago
Rogue trader warning

North East Lincolnshire Council’s trading standards team are asking people to report door step callers offering to carry out work on homes, gardens and business premises. Suspected rogue traders have been identified in the area and are thought to be…

2 years ago
Beware cold callers

North East Lincolnshire Trading Standards is warning people to be wary of telephone cold callers and doorstep traders offering to fit burglar alarms at their properties. After initially offering installations at just £99 the trader then uses misleading tactics to…

2 years ago
Rogue trader warning

North East Lincolnshire Council’s trading standards team are warning people to be wary of doorstep callers offering to carry out work on their home or garden. Trading standards officers have had nine complaints in the last three weeks from older…

2 years ago
Suspended sentence and £4,100 court bill for Grimsby fake tobacco dealer

An illicit tobacco peddler who stashed cigarettes in a drain outside his shop has been given a six month suspended prison sentence and landed with a £4,1000 court bill at Grimsby Crown Court. Arifi Ahmedi, 26, owner of AK Mini…

2 years ago
Grimsby shop owner fined for food use by date offences

A Grimsby shop owner found himself in court for selling food including scotch eggs, sandwiches and ready meals past their use by date. Bhupendra Patel, owner of Premier Extra in Wellington Street, Grimsby, was left with a court bill of…

2 years ago
Suspended sentence for shop owner caught with quarter-of-a-million illicit cigarettes

A shop owner who was caught hiding almost a quarter-of-a-million illicit cigarettes has been given a suspended prison sentence at Grimsby Crown Court. Karzan Osman Salim, 31, owner of Arian News in Freeman Street, Grimsby, pleaded guilty to several offences…

2 years ago
Doorstep trader scams warning

As part of National Scams Awareness Month, North East Lincolnshire Trading Standards are issuing a series of warnings to consumers and residents, spreading the word about scams that have cost local people dearly. This week, Trading Standards are looking at…

2 years ago
Silence of The Scams – a real life horror story

Mail scam victims in North East Lincolnshire were cheated out of almost £150,000 last year, according to new figures collated by the council’s Trading Standards team. North East Lincolnshire Trading Standards can confirm that in the last financial year, people…

2 years ago
Pair handed prison sentence for their part in local illicit tobacco trade

A former shop owner and a former shop manager have been handed prison sentences as part of an ongoing crackdown against the sale of illicit tobacco products in North East Lincolnshire. North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team brought the…

2 years ago
Don’t be diddled by an online fiddle – be scam aware

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team are supporting Scams Awareness Month, a wider national effort to make the public more aware of the dangers of being taken in by scams. Each week in July, local Trading Standards officers are…

2 years ago
Shop owner fined for illicit tobacco offences

A shop owner has been fined £250 and ordered to pay £775 in costs and charges after Trading Standards officers from North East Lincolnshire Council found illicit cigarettes and tobacco during three separate visits. Mariwan Osman Hassan, 30, owner of…

2 years ago
Be scam aware – Scams Awareness Month

People in North East Lincolnshire are losing thousands pounds every year as they fall victim to telephone scams, according to the council’s Trading Standards team. Trading Standards are working with Citizens Advice to promote Scams Awareness Month this July to…

2 years ago
Police and Partners tackling rogue traders

Humberside Police has joined local authorities, Trading Standards and other partners across the force area in support of the national Operation Rogue Trader week (April 11- 15). The operation is aimed raising awareness in preventing people falling foul of distraction…

3 years ago
North East Lincolnshire Council joins national scheme to stop mail scammers

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team have joined a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative aimed at clamping down on scam mail. The scheme, supported by Royal Mail, will seek to seize and return scam mail responses to their…

3 years ago