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ROTHERHAM TRADING STANDARDS STOPS DOORSTEP TRADER BREACHES IN RECORD TIME

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Rotherham trading standards has achieved a Stop Now order in record time, taking only seven weeks to stop a local t...
Rotherham trading standards has achieved a Stop Now order in record time, taking only seven weeks to stop a local trader breaching the Doorstep Selling Regulations.

The order was the third Stop Now order gained by a trading standards authority and only the fifth of its kind since the Stop Now Regulations came into force in 2001.

By using the local authority lawyers they were able to move quickly on the case following failed negotiations with the company - a local security equipment trader. The company had been denying consumers their cancellation rights and Rotherham trading standards had received numerous complaints particularly from the elderly community, many in sheltered accommodation.

The trader had failed to respond to requests to discuss the issues or sign undertakings, so enforcement officer Justin Brogan decided to invoke the Stop Now powers.

He said: 'The Stop Now Regulations proved to be one of the most useful pieces of consumer legislation to date.

'Although the regime is relatively new we didn't encounter any significant problems. The case was listed for hearing at Rotherham County Court but after some debate it was decided that the case should be hear before a circuit judge at Sheffield Combined Courts. The circuit judge agreed to hear the case the same day and awarded the order after hearing the case.'

The court awarded a Stop Now order and ordered the trader to pay costs of£500 to Rotherham MBC.

Justin Brogan continued: 'All in all it took seven weeks from when we first approached the trader to gaining the injunction. I think part of that is down to involving the local authority lawyers at a very early stage. This cut down the time and cost that would have been involved had we used external counsel.'

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