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Fraud Free Christmas

Residents urged to have a fraud-free Christmas

  • Avoid counterfeit goods this Christmas
  • Steer clear of dangerous toys online
  • Don’t be tempted to borrow money from unscrupulous loan sharks
Unlicensed alcohol seller

Festival Offender Prosecuted After Under-Age Alcohol Sales

  • Person found to be selling alcohol without a licence to underage festival goers prosecuted
  • Charges included Exposing alcohol for unauthorised sale, in breach of the Licensing Act 2003
Cold caller

Rogue Trader convicted of fraud offences against elderly and vulnerable residents

  • Joint investigation by Reading Trading Standards and Thames Valley Police secures successful conviction of rogue trader operating across Southeast
  • Vulnerable and elderly residents who were targeted received compensation for work carried out to their properties
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Trading Standards secure successful prosecutions after rogue traders target elderly resident in Reading

  • Energy Guard Insulation Ltd. attempted to scam an elderly resident out of £5,625 through unnecessary building work
  • Following an investigation by Trading Standards, two men were successfully prosecuted in September 2022
Taxi driver fined

Taxi Driver Fined for Illegally Plying for Hire in Reading

  • South Oxfordshire District Council licensed taxi driver was found guilty at Reading Magistrates Court in March
  • He was ordered to pay over £1,000 in financial penalties and had six penalty points added to his driving licence
Have a fake-free Christmas

Residents urged to have a fake-free Christmas

  • Avoid fake goods this Christmas
  • Steer clear of dangerous toys online
  • Don’t be tempted to borrow money from unscrupulous loan sharks
Reading Borough Council

3 Year Jail Sentence for Fraudster Who Sold Fake Car Service History Books on eBay

  • The fraudster was successfully prosecuted for trademarks and fraud offences.
  • The deception generated around £75,000 – over an 18-month period from January 2018 and June 2019
Front of house of resident targeted by rogue traders

Rogue Trader Convicted of Roof Replacement Scam Against Elderly Resident

  • A rogue trader operating in Caversham has been ordered to pay a costs totaling over £6k after a successful prosecution
  • They have also been disqualified from being a company director for 2 years
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Reading Council continues work with the Health and Safety Executive to make sure businesses are COVID-secure

- 700 visits to Reading businesses carried out to ensure they are operating in Covid-secure way

- Also continuing a range of regulatory services including checks on the licenced trade including taxi and private hire