Trading Standards at Doncaster Council have completed a week of enforcement action focusing on businesses selling illegal and counterfeit items in the town centre.
Officers inspected a number of businesses and ended up seizing more than a 1,000 items ranging from toys, scooters, ornaments and watches, as they were either unsafe or counterfeit. In addition to the seizures, some shops were also told to remove notices which were found to be contravening consumer rights by refusing refunds or exchanges.
Council officers will now assess the items seized and consider a range of enforcement options, including prosecution of those found to be selling the items.
Councillor Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Enforcement, said: “If people are out buying toys and gifts, we want them to have confidence in the goods that they have purchased.
“We are committed to constantly improving our town centres through enforcement and engagement with our retailers. Doncaster Council is dedicated to ensuring customers get a true and safe experience when shopping in Doncaster.”
Trading Standards will continue to visit premises in the town centre and borough wide to ensure compliance in the run up to Christmas. The department will continue to engage with businesses in the town centre to ensure they are meeting legal requirements.