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BECOME ‘TRADING STANDARDS APPROVED’


Newport City Council’s Trading Standards is launching a new scheme that will help people to ‘Buy With Confidence’ from local tradespeople and businesses.


This national scheme awards a Trading Standards ‘approval’ of businesses who meet a strict level of service.


Details of accredited businesses are then available online where customers can search by area and type of service/product.


Councillor Bob Poole, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Functions, said: “This is a great way of helping people access trustworthy companies and make an informed choice.


“Our Trading Standards team work very hard to deter and prosecute rogue traders, and this excellent resource will complement this work and help protect the consumer.”


For more information visit www. newport.gov.uk/tradingstandards or www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk


Newport City Council has launched a campaign to make the city free of fake and counterfeit goods and services.


‘Fake Free Newport’ will see the council’s Trading Standards department working with local businesses to raise awareness and prevent the sale of these poor quality and illegal items.


Not only can counterfeit goods be dangerous to the user, they are also often distributed by organised crime groups and individuals who hide their profits from the government. Such products are sometimes made in areas of the world where the workers face poor conditions, low pay and exploitation.


The sale of counterfeit goods and services also costs the UK economy millions of pounds each year and puts at risk the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of workers and business owners.


Newport City Council also takes its responsibility in enforcing the laws around counterfeit and fake goods seriously and will investigate and prosecute individuals and traders breaking the law. Businesses looking to invest in the area will know they are becoming part of a respectable city, and shoppers reassured that they can buy in Newport with confidence.


Newport City Council


A number of key city retailers have already signed up to the scheme and are displaying ‘Fake Free Newport’ window stickers which serve to reassure customers that their goods and services are genuine.


GET HELP FROM AWARD-WINNING BUILDING CONTROL SERVICE


Winners of Building Excellence Awards, the council’s in-house building control team can oversee and guide all types of building regulation applications in a quick and professional manner. They are extremely competitive and “not-for-profit”.


For more information, visit www.newport. gov.uk/buildingcontrol or email building.control@ newport.gov.uk


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Councillor Bob Poole, Newport City Council’s Cabinet


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HELPING END POLIO


FAKE FREE NEWPORT


ROGUE TRADERS PROSECUTED


A shopkeeper who used a baby monitor and chute to deliver illegal cigarettes on demand to his customers has been jailed for participation in a fraudulent business


In what is believed to be the biggest Trading Standards investigation of its type in Wales, Tahar Mohammed, 38, and shop keeper Feryad Mohammed Abdul-Kadir, 33, admitted handling and selling more than £427,000 worth of smuggled and counterfeit tobacco.


Two other men who worked in the shop, Richard Jendrejcak, aged 41 and Burham Karim, aged 37, were also sentenced for their part in the fraud.


Local businesses at the launch of Fake Free Newport


Member for Regulatory Functions, was joined at the launch by representatives of Cineworld, Wildings, The Lamb and Debenhams.


“Together with the city’s legitimate businesses, we are making a public stand against counterfeit goods and sending out a clear message that Newport is a fake-free city,” he said.


“Fake goods and services may seem like a bargain, but they can be very damaging – to health and safety, to legitimate business and to the rights of individuals.


“I urge all local businesses to join us in this campaign and for people to support our genuine trade also, if you know of anyone trading


Thousands of purple crocus will be sprouting up across the city in the next few months thanks to a generous donation of bulbs from the Rotary Club of Newport Uskmouth.


More than 10,000 bulbs were donated to Newport City Council by local Rotarians which were planted throughout November at parks, schools and public spaces.


Bulb planting, Beechwood Park


The gift from Rotary, backed by Rotary International, came about after the organisation joined forces with the Royal Horticultural Society to plant the purple crocus - a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio – in as many places as possible across the UK.


The Purple4Polio project represents the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.


In October pupils at Ringland Primary helped plant several hundred bulbs outside their school.


And parks staff and volunteers planted hundreds of bulbs along the main path of Beechwood Park in November.


Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport Councillor Ray Truman, and Councillor Deb Harvey, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, went along to the park to thank staff and volunteers for their hard work.


in counterfeit goods, please let the council know and we will investigate.”


If you have any information about the sale of counterfeit goods or services you can call our rogue trading hotline 01633 235233 in confidence.


‘Fake Free Newport’ is also supported by the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Anti- counterfeiting Group.


For more information visit www.newport.gov.uk/fakefree


Newport City Council’s Trading Standards officers worked with colleagues from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and police to carry out the investigation. In total, nearly three quarters of a million cigarettes and over 300kg of hand rolling tobacco, with an estimated duty and tax evaded of £300,000, were seized.


An inspection of a storage unit owned by Mohammed uncovered more than 225,000 counterfeit and non-duty paid cigarettes, and more than 112kg of hand rolling tobacco, stored in various containers including cardboard boxes of Lithuanian bread. Trading Standards Officers found the same boxes, with identical batch numbers, at Abdul-Kadir’s shop, Eastern European Food, Commercial Road.


Trading Standards and HMRC officers also discovered more than 500,000 illicit cigarettes and 194.8kg of hand rolling tobacco in a garage at Mohammed’s home address in Bristol. Over £40,000 in cash, hidden under his bed, and bags containing thousands of pounds in coins, were also seized.


A search of the flat above the shop, also owned by Mohammed and rented by Jendrejcak, revealed a chute under the floorboards leading directly into the shop’s stockroom. The chute was purposely disguised behind a false wall.


A baby monitor, found next to the chute, was used to communicate with colleagues in the shop who were selling the tobacco to customers.


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