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09 April 2024 - Press Release – Thatcham Business and Director fined for Illegal Vapes

On 5th April 2024, at Reading Magistrates Court, Jagtar Singh Bajaj, a Director of Everyday Express Limited trading as Costcutter Store in Sagecroft Road, Thatcham along with the company both entered guilty pleas to charges relating to the presenting for sale at retail level of 990 disposable electronic cigarettes exceeding the permitted capacity as set out in the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. The pleas led to a total penalty of over £6,000.

22 March 2024 - Press Release - Have Your Say on the West Berkshire Hackney Carriage Tariffs

West Berkshire Council wants your say on whether hackney carriage operators should be permitted to increase their fares or not.

22 March 2024 – Tobacco and Vapes Bill

The first reading of the Tobacco and Vapes Bill took place on the 20 March 2024.

18th March 2024 – Press Release - Clampdown Continues on The Sale of Vapes to Under 18’s

Earlier this month Trading Standards Officers from the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) conducted underage sales testing for a range of age restricted products including vapes, alcohol and lottery tickets in six different premises in the Bracknell Forest area.

15th March 2024 - Press Release - Drivers fined for breach of weight restrictions - Offences under section 5 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

The Public Protection Partnership (PPP) enforces weight restriction orders made under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

14 March 2024 - Press Release - Property owner convicted for overcrowded HMO

Kalyan Gurung, aged 51, of Deepfield Road, Bracknell, was convicted at Slough Magistrates Court on 12 March 2024, after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) under the Housing Act 2004, and four offences under management of HMO regulations.

13 March 2024 – Crypto Currency Warning

Crypto scams surged by 23% in the UK in 2023 when compared to the previous year and fraudsters are targeting younger investors with victims losing £10,741 on average, more than any other type of scam.

8th March 2024 - Press Release - Thinking of Buying a Dog?

It’s important to do your research before bringing a dog into your home. The Kennel Club’s research suggests that a quarter of puppy buyers do less than two hours research before buying their puppy.

8th March 2024 - Press Release - Button Battery Safety

Two children in the UK die each year from swallowing a button battery and many more are left with life-changing injuries. The risk of swallowing a button battery is most prevalent in children under the age of six.

28th February 2024 - Press Release - Public Protection Partnership in conjunction with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service save West Berkshire Residents £19,250

At the beginning of February, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) and the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) were made aware by a concerned resident, of a fire extinguisher scam taking place within a mobile home estate with a high proportion of elderly residents in Thatcham. The scammer was cold calling at resident’s mobile homes, advising that by law they required a fire extinguisher within their home and charging £250 to purchase an extinguisher.
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