Fraudster Runcorn builder jailed after forging safety documents at Manchester Court

A fraudster builder who left a customer more than £60,000 out of pocket has been jailed for almost four years, following a sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court. Adam Routledge, 36, of Stenhills Crescent, Runcorn, pleaded guilty to fraud after admitting he faked insurance documents and the approval of a building inspector whilst carrying out […]


Halton Borough Council issues alert, after Lidl GB recalls Cologran Sucralose sweetener tablets because of undeclared aspartame (E951) Lidl GB is recalling Cologran Sucralose sweetener tablets (Sucralose variant) because aspartame (E951) is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk to sufferers of phenylketonuria (PKU). Product details:Cologran Sucralose sweetener […]


Halton Borough Council Trading Standards has warned of automated scam phone calls, telling residents they have not paid their Council tax. The calls go on to state they will arrested if they fail to pay. The likeliness is that this call originates from overseas and they are spoofing the 0151 number – They are not […]

Socially distanced scam support – GMP volunteers continue vital work from home

GMP’s volunteer group – the Scambusters, have made over 1,500 calls since the start of the pandemic to vulnerable members of the community to help stop them falling victim to fraud. In 2017, GMP’s Economic Crime Hub launched its Cyber and Economic Awareness Service (CECAS) which is dedicated to providing prevention and awareness information to […]

Manchester : Planning application for 22 May attack memorial goes in

A planning application for the memorial to those who lost their lives in the 22 May 2017 Manchester terror attack has been submitted today. A public consultation on plans for the regeneration of Manchester’s Medieval Quarter, the wider area which the memorial sits within, was held in May and June this year and found there […]


A new Stop Loan Sharks reporting app launched this week featuring animation designed by Halton Borough Council’s Trading Standards Officers, aimed to simplify reporting of illegal lenders and funded by the loan sharks themselves! The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) launched a new smartphone app nationally  to make it quicker and easier for people […]


Halton Borough Council is warning of a scam designed to get your personal data and banking details, pretending you have won a prize from Google. See pic of email received by a consumer in Halton. Similar ones are circulating in the area. The email has all the hallmarks of a scam such as: 1. You’ve […]

GMP issues money mules scam warning

Latest scam awareness update The impact of fraud can be both financially and emotionally devastating. It is a top priority for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to investigate reports of fraud thoroughly and take action to disrupt and stop fraudsters offending. GMP is committed to providing the public with up-to-date information about fraud and the latest […]

10,000+ haul of fake goods seized by City Council Trading Standards in Manchester

An investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods has resulted in the seizure of more than 10,000 items that, if genuine, would have retailed for almost £350,000. In August 2017 Manchester City Council’s Trading Standards Team working on intelligence from Leicester Trading Standards inspected Mr Parts Ltd, based in Moulton Street, Strangeways and discovered a […]

Moston shop banned from selling alcohol after repeated licensing breaches

Illegal tobacco seized from the convenience store. A Moston convenience store has been banned from selling alcohol after Council officers uncovered illegal tobacco, as well as a string of licensing breaches taking place on site. Earlier this year in February Manchester City Council’s Trading Standards Team received intelligence that Lightbowne Convenience Store, also known as […]