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Operations carried out in Barking & Dagenham to mark Trading Standards Week

Barking and Dagenham Council’s Trading Standards Team have devised a local plan

Barking and Dagenham Council will carry out a series of targeted operations to mark London Trading Standards Week.

From today until Friday, 22 October, each day will focus on something different, from scams to the sale of knives to young people.

A local plan has been devised by the Council’s Trading Standards team, following guidance.

This incudes giving certificates to businesses that agree to sell and store knives legally and safely.

Officers will also provide advice on scams and doorstep crimes.

They will also visit independent Black and Minority Ethnic businesses across the borough to provide specialist advice on things such as, shisha, skin lightening cosmetics and tobacco labelling.

Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, Councillor Margaret Mullane, said: “Our Trading Standards officers do an incredible job in ensuring that our residents are kept safe, whether that’s alerting them on scams, seizing illegal cigarettes or stopping the sale of knives to young people.

“London Trading Standards Week highlights the work that they do and I’m pleased to see that we are joining the rest of London to mark it and raise awareness. Thank you to the team for all their hard work.”

The council’s Trading Standards Officers seized over 12,000 illegal cigarettes from four local shops last week, who were selling them from behind the counter. 

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