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Keeping Children Safe By Cracking Down on Counterfeit Toys

 

Mr Ranvir Banghar of ‘Retail Therapy’ on Greyfriars Bedford, has been ordered to pay £4,333 after pleading guilty to breaching toy safety Regulations and the Trademarks Act.

 

An investigation by Bedford Borough Council of ‘Retail Therapy’ found a significant number of unsafe toys and counterfeit items which were seized for investigation.

 

Officers found toys that did not meet safety standards and were a danger to children, including ‘yo-yo balls’ which have been banned in the UK since 2003, as they are a serious safety risk to children through strangulation.

 

The items seized also included fake Disney, Marvel, Hello Kitty and Thomas the Tank Engine toys.

 

Upon sentencing Mr Banghar, the Court made the following comments “… the number of items exposed for sale was large and it represented the potential of at least 172 children being put at risk to health and safety.”

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety & Regulatory Services said “With Christmas approaching consumers should be aware that if the price for a toy or another item seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Counterfeit toys may be cheaper than genuine branded toys but they are often of a lower quality and can also represent a serious safety risk as they will not have undergone the same safety testing.”

 

The Borough Council’s advice to retailers is that they should only source toys from reputable suppliers who can evidence that the toys are the genuine articles and that they are compliant with the relevant safety standards.  Retailers in any doubt as to their obligations and responsibilities should contact their local Trading Standards Service for further advice.

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