Trading Standards bulletin 2 July

28th June 2018

We all know how difficult it is to keep children entertained, especially over the long summer holiday which is why we want to remind you how important it is to buy toys from reputable retailers

This year we’ve received reports of counterfeit squishy toys. They look like imitation food and don’t contain labels warning of choking hazards

Last year we confiscated Fingerlings and Magnetic Putty which were the latest must-have item, these contained plastics high in phthalates and
high levels of arsenic

If you’re buying the latest craze, be wary of the price. A significantly lower price may indicate that it’s a fake. It’s also important to look for warnings, a CE mark, and business name along with a UK address!

Report any fakes to us via 03454 04 05 06

The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), in conjunction with Suffolk Trading Standards and HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC), carried out a total of 17 warrants at a number of shops, storage facilities, and residential properties last week

As a result two people were arrested and thousands of what are believed to be illicit cigarettes were sized. If you are aware of a premise selling illegal tobacco or cigarettes you can report it, in confidence, by contacting us via 0345 4040 506


Don’t forget, when Scam Awareness Month comes to an end you can still get advice from Citizens Advice to spot scams, report scams to Action Fraud, and talk to friends and family all year round to make sure nobody misses a trick.

Doorstep Crime

This week we've had reports of traders in Felixstowe and Ipswich offering 'free loft health' checks, Nottingham Knockers in Needham Market selling miscellaneous goods and a van selling mattresses in Ipswich. 

Our advice will all cold callers is not to buy any items, or commit to work at your door. If you are unsure or have seen these traders, please report to us via 03454 04 05 06 or to Suffolk Police on 101

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If you need advice, or want to report a scam or rogue trader, call us via 03454040506.

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