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Thurrock Trading Standards saves UK economy over £30million

22 June 2020
An estimated £30.7million has been saved by Thurrock Council's Trading Standards Port Team between April 2019 and April 2020 by detecting unsafe and non-compliant products coming through ports in the borough.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Our Trading Standards Port Team has saved the UK economy an enormous amount of money – the equivalent of approximately 1,483 new 2020 Ford Focus Zetec cars.

Trading Standards issues Christmas gift warning

15 November 2019
Thurrock Council's Trading Standards is reminding Christmas shoppers to buy from reputable retailers after they intercepted more than half a million unsafe and non-compliant products in the past 6 months.
Between April and September 2019, the Trading Standards import surveillance team saved the UK economy an estimated £19.7million by identifying, assessing and removing packages containing unsafe and non-compliant toys, cosmetics and electrical items at DP World London Gateway in Stanford-le-Hope, the Port of Tilbury and other storage sites in Thurrock.

Fun-goers enjoy a day out in Purfleet despite the rain

16 August 2019
Wet weather didn’t deter residents and visitors from coming to this year’s Purfleet Fun Day.
Children and adults joined in the fun at the free event on Wednesday 14 August at Centurion Way, Purfleet. There was face-painting, lunch bags and a tombola, as well as advice and information from Thurrock Council teams – including Trading Standards and the Community Safety Partnership – Essex Police and local community groups. The Parks Engagement team was on hand to encourage residents to get active and make the most of the borough's green spaces.

Thurrock wins top accolade at Trading Standards awards ceremony

28 June 2019
Thurrock Council's Trading Standards Port Team has been recognised for its role in preventing dangerous goods entering the UK at the 2019 Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Hero Awards.
On Tuesday 25 June, Trading Standards Port Team members were presented with the Product Safety Hero Award by Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price and Amanda Farrell from the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

Don't let rogue traders catch you out

14 February 2019
Trading Standards is warning residents to be wary of rogue traders posing as tree surgeons and builders throughout the borough.
Officers have received complaints about bogus tree surgeons charging excessive amounts to do little or no work, making unnecessary home improvements or maintenance work, and using cold calling as a cover for distraction burglary.

Thousands of illegal cigarettes taken off Thurrock streets

21 December 2018
Counterfeit and illegal cigarettes will not be tolerated in Thurrock, warns Trading Standards after officers seized their largest single haul of more than 67,000 cigarettes.
The huge confiscation of fake and non-duty paid tobacco – which equates to 3,350 packs of 20 cigarettes – was the department's biggest seizure from a shop in Thurrock to date, and was found by tobacco sniffer dogs Bruiser, a 4 year-old cocker beagle, and Mostyn, a 2 year-old cocker springer shown in the photo below.