Environmental health officers and trading standards teams secure prosecutions

Crackdown results in big fines for unlawful traders

Illegal Lycamobile posters.

Mouse droppings found at Aadams Bagel Bakery.

Two dead mice found in Costco's bakery.

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A string of recent court cases have seen a multi-national corporation and sole traders alike punished for flouting hygiene and trading standards laws.

A crackdown revealed a mouse infestation at a corporate chain’s bakery, a market trader selling counterfeit footwear, a global telecom company illegally advertising and a second bakery overrun by vermin.

Environmental health officers carried out a series of inspections in 2012 and 2013, and the resulting prosecutions have been progressing through the legal system.

Last November at cash and carry store Costco in Shadbolt Avenue, Chingford, three dead mice were found in a food cupboard and three more were found decomposing on a sticky board.

Mice had also gnawed into several bags of flour and cake mix and droppings were found throughout the bakery.

At Thames Magistrates’ Court last month Costco Wholesale UK Ltd pleaded guilty to seven offences.

It was fined £27,120 and forced to pay costs of over £6,000.

Telecom giant Lycamobile UK Ltd pleaded guilty to six charges of breaching advertising regulations after it was found to be flyposting.

The company was fined £2,400 for each of six offences plus costs, resulting in a bill of over £16,000.

Finally, Aadams Bagel Bakery in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, was forced to pay over £18,000 for repeated offences.

The owner pleaded guilty to nine offences, including allowing the premises to be infested by vermin and operating without hot water.

He has now been banned from owning any food business.

In February four pairs of UGG boots and 20 pairs of Vans shoes, which were hidden, were seized from a Walthamstow market trader.

The footwear was confirmed as counterfeit and in September stall holder Chui Ting was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work and forced to pay costs of over £500.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “In Waltham Forest we will not tolerate our residents being cheated or our borough being disrespected.”

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8:42am Thu 14 Nov 13

cynicalsue says...

Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “In Waltham Forest we will not tolerate our residents being cheated or our borough being disrespected.”

Quote of the year!
Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “In Waltham Forest we will not tolerate our residents being cheated or our borough being disrespected.” Quote of the year! cynicalsue
  • Score: 7

10:21am Thu 14 Nov 13

Dave mp says...

Is he for real?
Is he for real? Dave mp
  • Score: 5

10:28am Thu 14 Nov 13

Billy Yerache says...

Telecom giant Lycamobile UK Ltd pleaded guilty to six charges of breaching advertising regulations after it was found to be flyposting.

They seem to have little stands and kiosks all along Hoe Street these days and in the High Street.

In fact, there is a butchers near the bakers Arms with a small kiosk inside selling phone products, surely this breaches Hygiene Regs?
Telecom giant Lycamobile UK Ltd pleaded guilty to six charges of breaching advertising regulations after it was found to be flyposting. They seem to have little stands and kiosks all along Hoe Street these days and in the High Street. In fact, there is a butchers near the bakers Arms with a small kiosk inside selling phone products, surely this breaches Hygiene Regs? Billy Yerache
  • Score: 5

1:26pm Thu 14 Nov 13

livedheretoolong says...

This is just a rehash of old news.

Cllr Loakes is manoeuvring in anticipation of next year's local elections. Expect to hear a stream of carefully prepared sound bites over the next few months.

If he is so concerned about the environment why doesn't he make himself more useful by dealing with slum landlords who disrespect our borough by dumping mattresses and other rubbish all over our streets?
This is just a rehash of old news. Cllr Loakes is manoeuvring in anticipation of next year's local elections. Expect to hear a stream of carefully prepared sound bites over the next few months. If he is so concerned about the environment why doesn't he make himself more useful by dealing with slum landlords who disrespect our borough by dumping mattresses and other rubbish all over our streets? livedheretoolong
  • Score: 8

4:20pm Thu 14 Nov 13

fabster says...

livedheretoolong wrote:
This is just a rehash of old news.

Cllr Loakes is manoeuvring in anticipation of next year's local elections. Expect to hear a stream of carefully prepared sound bites over the next few months.

If he is so concerned about the environment why doesn't he make himself more useful by dealing with slum landlords who disrespect our borough by dumping mattresses and other rubbish all over our streets?
Heard about the one where all businesses along St James street were fined for their waste disposal earlier this year - except a certain slum landlord who, despite flouting the same waste disposal regulation on several of his business premises on St James, wasn't issued with any fines.
[quote][p][bold]livedheretoolong[/bold] wrote: This is just a rehash of old news. Cllr Loakes is manoeuvring in anticipation of next year's local elections. Expect to hear a stream of carefully prepared sound bites over the next few months. If he is so concerned about the environment why doesn't he make himself more useful by dealing with slum landlords who disrespect our borough by dumping mattresses and other rubbish all over our streets?[/p][/quote]Heard about the one where all businesses along St James street were fined for their waste disposal earlier this year - except a certain slum landlord who, despite flouting the same waste disposal regulation on several of his business premises on St James, wasn't issued with any fines. fabster
  • Score: 10

12:39pm Fri 15 Nov 13

mdj says...

'Heard about the one where all businesses along St James street were fined for their waste disposal earlier this year ...'

No, fabster. Did this paper cover it?
'Heard about the one where all businesses along St James street were fined for their waste disposal earlier this year ...' No, fabster. Did this paper cover it? mdj
  • Score: 2

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