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Trading Standards clampdown launched

Published Wednesday, 08 May 2013

Enfield Council and other agencies launched a major crackdown on illegal activity which was designed to disrupt shady business practices and protect residents from con-men.

On Wednesday 24 April, officers from the borough's trading standards team, supported by the police and revenue and customs officers, investigated a number of cases of unauthorised building work, dealt with businesses that were not VAT registered and removed vehicles that were not taxed.

They also investigated a suspected case of housing benefit and Council Tax fraud and dealt with older residents at risk of being conned by bogus callers. They also looked into a complaint about unlicensed scrap metal dealing at a residential address.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "We are determined to make Enfield a no-go zone for businesses and individuals who trade immorally and illegally and generally make a living out of conning people or circumventing the rules.

"Our officers and their partners uncovered a significant amount of shady going-ons during their travels and we'll be investigating each and every incident to see what action needs to be taken.  We found evidence of buildings being constructed without planning permission, companies operating without being VAT registered and a whole host of other illegal practices.

"Experience shows us that uncovering these shortcomings is usually just the tip of the iceberg and there is more bad behaviour lurking just beneath the surface. We'll continue to take firm action against traders who act illegally and I'd advise everyone who has any information about companies operating illegally in Enfield to let us know."

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