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A resident of Leamington Spa has been sentenced to a year of immediate custody following the discovery of over 8,000 packets of illegal cigarettes and a series of lies to Trading Standards officers in Coventry. For more information, please visit the Coventry City Council website.
Mr Hemin Hassan Abass, 37, of Swancroft Road, appeared before a judge recently (21 November) after Coventry’s Trading Standards Team found illegal cigarettes in his van. For more information, please visit the Coventry City council website.
Three rogue traders pleaded guilty to offences under Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations following an inspection into roofing work at the home of an elderly couple in March 2016. For more information, please visit the Coventry City Council website.
Over one million illegal cigarettes were seized in a joint operation between Coventry Trading Standards, Coventry Police and Immigration on 9 October. For more information, please visit the Coventry City Council website here.
A Coventry man has been sentenced to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and a £900 fine for being caught with counterfeit cigarettes. For more information please visit the Coventry City Council website by clicking on this link.
Coventry Trading Standards have issued a warning to local residents who are planning their Hajj pilgrimage to prevent them becoming victims to fraudulent travel agents.
Tens of thousands of British Muslims will be travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj which takes place between 30 August and 4 September 2017.
However, with over £125 million being spent on the pilgrimage each year, travellers are being warned to watch out for too good to be true offers, especially as fraudsters have been known to sell Hajj packages with discounts of up to 50 per cent of their usual price. In other cases travellers have been tricked into purchasing sub-standard hotels or non-existent flights, accommodation and visas.
According to the Council of British Hajjis just three per cent of victims report the fraud to the police. Authorities are therefore working with the community to raise awareness of Hajj fraud and to encourage victims of this crime to report it.
Cllr Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities, said: “Hajj is one of the most significant events for the Muslim community worldwide. Some people may find out their tour bookings were never made and the fraudsters have stolen their money, leaving them stuck in the UK or stranded in Saudi Arabia with no accommodation.
“I strongly advise people planning their trips to Saudi Arabia to make sure that their travel agent or tour operator is ATOL protected and accredited by the Saudi Embassy”.
Travellers are also being advised to double check what is included in their packages, as well as getting everything in writing.
In January, the director of a Hajj travel firm was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment at Leicester Crown Court following an investigation by Birmingham Trading Standards. For advice and information contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 040506 or visit the City of London website: www.cityoflondon.police.uk/ and search for Hajj.
Have you ever wondered if your car service was carried out properly? Did the garage really replace the oil filter, test the electrics and fit new brake pads? As part of Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service’s car servicing inspection project, Warwickshire residents can now have the quality of their car service checked, free of charge on Saturday 28th January and Sunday 29th January 2017. For more information please visit the Warwickshire County Council website.