Regional Investigations Teams
The National Trading Standards Regional Investigations Teams target criminals involved with doorstep crime, counterfeiting, consumer and business fraud and other related crime. They operate across England and Wales through eight regionally based teams covering:
- Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CeNTSA)
- North East Trading Standards Authorities (NETSA)
- Trading Standards East Midlands (TSEM)
- Trading Standards North West (TSNW)
- Tri Region, on behalf of Trading Standards South East Ltd (TSSEL), East of England Trading Standards Association (EETSA) and London Trading Standards authorities (LTS)
- Trading Standards South West (TSSW)
- Yorkshire and Humber Trading Standards Group (YAHTSG) and
- Wales Heads of Trading Standards (WHoTS)
Following investigations by National Trading Standards’ Regional Investigation Teams:
April 2016 - 31 March 2017
Several significant/long standing cases finally came to trial. Two of the largest and most complex trials finished. In both cases six defendants received prison sentences. Sixty-seven convicted criminals received 106 years' custodial sentences and 29 years' suspended sentences. There were also three curfews and eleven bans from being company directors. Fines amounted to £5,120 and court costs awarded reached over £330,000. Confiscation Orders totalled £1,619,265 and victim compensation awards reached £465,000.
1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018
Sixty-four convicted criminals received 129 years' custodial sentences and 39 years' suspended, sentences. Sixteen defendants were banned from being company directors and two received curfews. Fines of £8,000 and court costs awarded reached £105,000. Confiscation Orders totalled £8,500,000 and victim compensation awards were over £1.2m.
Examples of recent activity undertaken by Regional Investigations Teams can be found on the News section.
Regional Investigations Teams Press Releases
Driveway repair fraudster sentenced to five and a half years
30th August 2018
Seven sentenced for mobility product scam
19th April 2018
Dreamwell couple ordered to pay £917,287
9th February 2018
Company director receives suspended prison sentence in unfair home improvement sales case
3rd November 2017
Ten years jail total for mother and son’s vacuum servicing fraud
25th September 2017
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Consumer Harm Report 2018
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Scams Awareness Month 2018
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