Zeeshan Khan, Director of Xenonz UK Ltd was sentenced on 26th February 2019 to a 12 month community order for 250 hours of unpaid work following a hearing at Bradford Crown Court. The defendant had previously pleaded guilty to 16 trademarks offences as a result of an investigation into the online sale of counterfeit car parts bearing the Audi trademark.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards and the five Public Health departments of West Yorkshire were Highly Commended for their Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health Programme at The Municipal Journal (MJ) Awards 2020.
As the Government launches the Green Home Grants today, West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) adds further strategies for protecting consumers from fraud.
Stoptober is back for 2020, with the primary aim of encouraging the nation’s smokers to make a quit attempt for the month of October and beyond. As with previous Stoptober campaigns, this year’s campaign is founded on the evidence that if a smoker can quit for 28 days, they are five times more likely to quit for good.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards’ Cheap and Illicit Tobacco work has been shortlisted in the Public Health Improvement category of The Municipal Journal (MJ) Awards 2020, for the partnership work with colleagues from the West Yorkshire councils’ public health teams.
Last week was safeguarding week across West Yorkshire. Here at West Yorkshire Trading Standards, we endeavour to protect and support consumers in a number of ways in order to safeguard those who are most vulnerable in our communities.
During these testing times, local businesses have been providing a vital service to the communities they serve. Some businesses have been staying open longer and providing delivery services for local residents who are unable to get to the shops to buy essentials like food. However, there have also been some businesses looking to exploit the situation the country finds itself in through criminal means by supplying illicit tobacco and undercutting genuine retailers.
Are You Tobacco Free?

The chances are that most people who don’t smoke cigarettes will answer ‘Yes’ to the above question but did you know that in the UK there are over 100 different types of products other than cigarettes which contain tobacco?
We have recently decommissioned our Analytical Services laboratory and have a number of used instruments and equipment available for sale. These items were used for food and toxicology work typically seen in this type of laboratory. Many items are in good working order, the schedule we provide will indicate those that are not.
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) have joined forces to warn communities against being taken in by scams organized by those looking to exploit the situation created by COVID-19.
Nasar Munir has today been sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to 9 year and 9 months for his part in a fraud conspiracy which targeted vulnerable consumers for unnecessary, substandard and overpriced security and home improvement work. This follows the sentencing on 3rd March 2020 of his co-defendants Mohammed Mansha Abbas, Mohammed Zulfqar Abbas, Mohammed Vaqaas Abbas and Imran Shan and brings the total sentences handed down in this case to almost 30 years.
As part of No Smoking Day 2020, West Yorkshire Trading Standards in partnership with Neighbourhood Policing Teams from West Yorkshire Police and local council licensing teams carried out a series of raids on premises suspected of supplying illicit tobacco in Kirklees, Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield. The week long operation resulted in the seizure of more than 50,000 illicit cigarettes, 15kg of illicit hand rolling tobacco and the seizure of a quantity of cash suspected of being the proceeds of crime. The operation also resulted in the arrests of 2 nominals for the supply of illicit tobacco who have now been bailed pending further enquiries. If genuine, the haul would have been worth more than £32,000.
No Smoking Day is one of the UK’s biggest health awareness campaigns that provides a supportive environment to quit smoking and highlights the many sources of help and advice available to smokers who want to give up the habit. West Yorkshire Trading Standards is encouraging smokers to take the first step in giving up smoking for good by making a pledge on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 11th March.
Trading Standards first began an investigation into the activities of Bespoke Home Security Ltd and Bespoke Home Improvements Group Ltd in early 2015 following a number of complaints regarding their selling practices.
On the 28th February 2020, Adam Ali appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court for supplying illegal tobacco from his business Piotr I Pawel, 23 Duckworth Lane, Bradford, BD9 5ES. Ali pleaded guilty on all charges and was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work over 12 months and ordered to take part in 10 sessions of ‘thinking rehabilitation skills’. He was also ordered to pay £300 towards costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
Multi agency operation targets illegal tobacco and alcohol in Calderdale
Following Storm Ciara, West Yorkshire Trading Standards is warning householders to be extra vigilant if approached by traders offering to carry out property repairs as a result of storm damage.
Predator Nutrition Limited of Silkwood Office Park, Fryers Way, Wakefield, WF5 9JT appeared before Leeds Magistrates Court on 22nd January 2020. The Company pleaded guilty to breaching an Improvement Notice under the Food Safety Act 1990, regarding their failure to stop making misleading claims about their food supplements. The Director of the Company, Rajinder Singh Johal was present and the Company was ordered to pay a fine of £4,000, costs of £5,140.10 and victim surcharge of £170.
Multi Agency Crackdown on Illegal Tobacco
A hearing at Leeds Civic Hall took place on Tuesday 8th January 2020 where Fountain Food & Wine, Fountain Street, Morley, Leeds was stripped of its alcohol licence.
Operation Kanni, carried out over the past week, was a multiagency operation with Trading Standards officers, West Yorkshire Police, Licencing, British Gas Revenue Protection and Wagtail UK, specialist tobacco detection dogs.
Trade Cars Cleckheaton Ltd of Cleckheaton Mills, Bradford Road, Cleckheaton and company director Darren Akiens (43) of York Place, Cleckheaton have been fined a total of £22,583 at Kirklees Magistrates Court for advertising vehicles which were mis-described and were dangerously unroadworthy.
Car Shop 365 Ltd of 61 Leeds Road, Shipley, Bradford and company director Hamzah Butt (25) of The Knoll, Calverley, Leeds have been fined at Bradford Magistrates Court on Friday 6th December for advertising vehicles which were mis-described.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service would like to inform consumers that the Turbo variety of sparklers manufactured by Klasek are subject to a product recall after a small number of recent incidents.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service are reminding traders of their legal responsibilities to ensure they are supplying safe fireworks and are adhering to the law by only selling them to persons of legal age.
As part of October’s National Tyre Safety Month Trading Standards Officers from across the Yorkshire and Humber region are issuing a warning to consumers who may be thinking of buying part worn tyres for their cars.
A Keighley man who was part of a £1/2 Million counterfeiting conspiracy was today ordered to pay back £38,874.93 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by His Honour Judge Burn at Bradford Crown Court.
Since the Summer of 2018 The new SAFER Project has continued to deliver free, informal and interactive workshops to ages 12+ and now offer 5 different workshops to priority neighbourhoods across the region. Please visit our webpage for full details of the SAFER Workshops.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards has been supporting hundreds of residents in West Yorkshire who have been targeted by scams. In the past year alone, the specialist team dedicated to dealing with scams have provided advice and support to over 500 residents who have lost over £250,000.
As part of Doorstep Crime Week, West Yorkshire Trading Standards is reminding residents to be vigilant when doing business on the doorstep. The regional campaign, covering the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber, is highlighting how consumers can people can protect themselves, and others, from rogue traders.
As part of Stoptober West Yorkshire Trading Standards and partner agencies have carried out a number of inspections at premises suspected of selling cheap and illicit tobacco. Seizures of thousands of pounds worth of illegal tobacco were made along with two vehicles that were being used to store illegal tobacco.
On the 30th August 2019 Mohammad Zada appeared at York Crown Court for sentencing having been found guilty for supplying illegal tobacco from his business International Express, 27 John William St, Huddersfield, HD1 1BL. Zada was previously found guilty on all charges on the 8th August 2019. Zada was sentenced to 12 months prison, with 6 months in custody and 6 months on licence.
On the 22nd August 2019, Patricia Gajdosova appeared at Kirklees Magistrates Court for selling illegal cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco at her business, Euro Market, 1a Bradford Rd, Dewsbury, WF13 1EL.
On the 22nd August 2019, Patricia Gajdosova appeared at Kirklees Magistrates Court for selling illegal cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco at her business, Euro Market, 1a Bradford Rd, Dewsbury, WF13 1EL.
During the summer months, home owners often look to the repair and maintenance of their homes. West Yorkshire Trading Standards wants to remind householders to be extra vigilant about traders who turn up unannounced on their doorstep offering to carry out property repair or gardening work.
On the 8th July 2019, Mohammad Zada appeared at York Crown Court for selling illegal cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco at his business, International Express, 27 John William St, Huddersfield, HD1 1BL. Zada was found guilty on all charges and is due to be sentenced on the 30th August 2019.
A number of streets in Batley are set to become Cold Calling Control Zones after an elderly resident fell victim to a rogue trader
Two individuals who were the subject of the first financial abuse prosecution by the West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team (WYFEAT) were sentenced yesterday (5th August 2019) at Bradford Crown Court for offences relating to the financial exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable Calderdale resident.
The Director of a Bradford based company, Modern Herbals Ltd, has been ordered to pay a total of £7695.43 for unlawfully claiming the health benefits of various food products, including weight-loss and protection from virus claims.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards have recently undertaken project work focussing upon the butchers and farm shops across the West Yorkshire area to ensure that consumers are not being subjected to food fraud, businesses are allergen aware and weighing and measuring equipment is accurate.
The first financial abuse prosecution by the West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team (WYFEAT) reached the courts last week, resulting in the conviction of two offenders who pleaded guilty to offences relating to the financial abuse of a vulnerable Calderdale resident.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service (WYTSS) joined forces with City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to launch a Cold Calling Control Zone in Keighley which has been funded by the Keighley Area Committee.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service is keen to warn consumers about the importance of doing essential research before buying a used car.
The Energy Saving Centre Ltd who trade as Energiglass have been fined a total of £48,000 at Leeds Crown Court for breaching consumer protection legislation, repeated across the country and some offending involving elderly or vulnerable people.
Mr Wali pleaded guilty to fraudulent trading over an 18 month period and 5 offences of selling counterfeit non duty paid cigarettes and was ordered to pay costs of £1,500 plus a victim surcharge of £85 bringing his total bill to £1,585. He was also ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work.
Mr Merza Alipoor from Bradford appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court for selling illegal cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco at his business and was found guilty.
Give up cigarettes for good by making a pledge on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 13 March.
Batley’s Historic Charter of Incorporation to be Restored in 150th Year!
Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Archive Service are delighted to announce that as part of the Batley 150 celebrations they will be working together to restore the remarkable document that created the Borough of Batley exactly 150 years ago. The unique Charter of Incorporation, which was issued by Queen Victoria in December 1868, gave the people of Batley the power to elect a borough council who set up and ran public services for the good of the town and its people
Following an investigation by WYTSS, Zeeshan Khan, director of Xenonz UK Ltd pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit Audi parts.
Following an investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards, 5 people were today each sentenced at Bradford Crown Court to 2 years imprisonment.
LARGEST COUNTERFEITING CASE EVER UNDERTAKEN BY WEST YORKSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS
The West Yorkshire Trading Standards Illegal Tobacco team has been recognised regionally for its efforts in combatting the supply of cheap and illicit tobacco in the County.

Operating for 4 years, and part funded by the 5 local authority Public Health Teams, it has had some significant successes and has been awarded a Yorkshire and Humber award for going above and beyond the call of duty.
The West Yorkshire Trading Standards Illegal Tobacco team has been recognised regionally for its efforts in combatting the supply of cheap and illicit tobacco in the County.

Operating for 4 years, and part funded by the 5 local authority Public Health Teams, it has had some significant successes and has been awarded a Yorkshire and Humber award for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Following a Trading Standards investigation Bruce Kitchener, owner of Dub Beach VW Sales was found guilty of breaching Consumer Protection Regulations and received a fine.
These inspections resulted in more than 210,000 illegal cigarettes and almost 10kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco being seized. The operation was part of the activities around Stoptober, encouraging people to give up smoking.
On the 5th October 2018, Mr Valiollah Hassanzadeh who ran the Mars A Day shop, 274 Lumb Lane, Bradford, BD8 7SF appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court to answer charges relating to the underage sale of fireworks to a minor and possession for sale of imported cigarettes which did not have the required health warnings.
On the 26th October 2018, Mrs Petzold pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 10 Month Prison Sentence, suspended for 1 year. An additional order was also made for her to do 150 hours unpaid work to cover the prosecution costs.
After an investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards, Kashmir Supermarket Ltd receives a fine for food fraud and selling out of date food at Leeds Magistrates Court.
Following an investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, director of Custom Designs UK Ltd receives 8 months prison sentence suspended for 2 years
West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service through their Historic Landscape Characterisation Project have brought to life the changes to land use across West Yorkshire since 1066.
Following a West Yorkshire Trading Standards investigation, owner of New Paradise takeaway of Wakefield has been fined for food substitution.
Following an investigation by WYFEAT, Safestyle UK have been fined £120,000 after pleading guilty to multiple offences of breaching consumer protection legislation.
A number of treasures from the Kirklees Archive Office can be viewed at ‘Huddersfield 150’, an exhibition that celebrates 150 years since Huddersfield was granted a Royal Charter as a Municipal Borough.
Zulkernan Hussain Mahmood who traded as UKHI Ltd, 'UK Home Improvements' and 'Energy Efficient Double Glazing' has been found guilty of a number of offences.
West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service has recently published a book focusing upon the excavation of Kirkstall Abbey’s monastic guest house.
Circus 250 is a UK wide celebration of 250 years of circus in 2018. WYAS are celebrating the anniversary at West Yorkshire History Centre with an exhibition of documents from across their five offices showing circus in West Yorkshire.
Trading as UK Everest Ltd, Terry Rogers has been sentenced to 13 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £20,000 in compensation following a joint investigation.
The joint project between West Yorkshire Archive Service and Calderdale Museums Service is to coincide with of a new BBC drama entitled ‘Gentleman Jack’ which will explore Anne’s life and relationships at Shibden Hall estate in Halifax
West Yorkshire Trading Standards operates the Motor Trade Partnership. Each year, members who excel in their audits are recognised with an Excellence in Customer Service Award.
Elderly vulnerable consumers to receive compensation following investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act
Bradford man ordered to repay criminal profits of over £460,000
Andrew Pollard (37) of Longfield Road, Leeds, who traded as “A&J Roofing Solutions Ltd” has been ordered to repay £26,472.86 to the victims of his rogue trading.
One of the earliest written references for tea was discovered in the West Yorkshire Archives on a bill from 1644 for supplies to Temple Newsam Estate.
Archaeological Services WYAS and artist David Armes working together to explore Leeds heritage through the medium of print.
Our Annual Report 2016-17 is now available and details our achievement, plans, people and financial information. Click here to download a copy.
The West Yorkshire History Centre is another step closer to opening following the completion of a new building in Kirkgate, Wakefield.

Is what you're eating really Halal?

Monday 28 November 2016
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service are reminding traders of their legal responsibilities to ensure they are supplying safe fireworks and are adhering to the law by only selling them to persons of legal age.
Archaeologists from Archaeological Services WYAS have uncovered a picture of Leeds that is very different to the Leeds today.