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Consumer Advice

March 8, 2012 - 15:48

Residents warned about bogus callers

People in Dorset are being advised to be wary of opportunist tradesmen looking to cash in on recent bad weather.

Lead Contact: Lisa Peters
Tel: 01208324885

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December 16, 2014 - 13:26

Motorists are being warned not to rely on personal breathalysers by Dorset Police and partners during this Christmas drink and drug drive campaign following a survey.  

Venue: Venues across the South West
Date: July 21, 2014 - 00:00 - August 29, 2014 - 00:00

 Under the strategy set by commissioners in local authorities to drive down the demand of illegal tobacco, we have supported all three phases of this Smokefree South West campaign, each building increased public awareness and action.


Venues across the South West


July 21, 2014 - 00:00 - August 29, 2014 - 00:00
February 4, 2014 - 15:12

Although buying a used car can save you money, as most cars reduce in value by about 40 per cent during the first year, dodgy second hand cars continue to top the Citizens Advice complaints list. Nationally, the helpline receives around 6,000 complaints each month with faults being among the most common problems. 

January 23, 2013 - 15:40

In 2013 there is a good chance:


January 3, 2013 - 12:54

An urgent warning from Bristol Trading Standards to be wary of buying faulty electrical goods follows the explosions of a cheap charger and its replacement bought on line by a Bristol mother.

"One in five people buy electrical goods for Christmas presents and unfortunately faulty or counterfeit electrical goods have flooded into the country and are on sale at present, said Sharon Sawyers, Senior Trading Standards Officer.

November 12, 2012 - 14:53

The amount of money lost to doorstep crime in parts of the West Country has doubled during the past two years, according to new figures. Council trading standards teams in Devon, Torbay, North Somerset and Poole and have reported increases in complaints from residents about rogue traders.

November 12, 2012 - 14:42

The Trading Standards Institute’s (TSI) annual National Consumer Week, sponsored by the UK European Consumer Centre, is being launched Monday (12 November) by BBC TV presenter Gloria Hunniford and Consumer Minister Jo Swinson.  The loud and clear message from TSI to household

November 12, 2012 - 14:29

 A gardener who misled a Dorset consumer and who had false claims on his leaflets has been jailed following a prosecution by Dorset County Council’s Trading Standards Service.