A second company director has been jailed for 18 weeks for selling 'unsafe and dangerous' 'legal highs'.
31 year old Alastair Mark Sanderson from Harwell was also given 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £20,000 to Oxfordshire County Council.
Sanderson supplied dangerous products to consumers through his shop Red Eye on the Cowley Road in Oxford.
It followed an investigation by Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards Service which found the shop sold products with names such as Cherry Bomb, Clockwork Orange, Exodus, Blow, China White and Charly Sheen under the descriptions of research chemicals and herbal incenses.
Sanderson, who was the former director of RAD Trading Limited, pleaded guilty to six offences of supplying dangerous products to consumers.
The shop was shut down in 2015 and the company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £40,000 in costs.
Sanderson voluntarily handed himself in to Abingdon Police Station after the sentencing of Darren Lee Manley who was also a director of the company.
Manley pleaded guilty to 16 offences relating to the selling of 'legal highs' and was given a 6 month jail sentence, a £20,000 fine and ordered to pay £40,000 costs.
“This result marks the end of a lengthy and complex investigation by Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service. These products were unsafe and dangerous. They were labelled incorrectly, with attractive sounding names and packaging and contained dangerous substances with no appropriate warnings or instructions for their safe use. The defendants were warned of the concerns surrounding these products, but continued to sell them.”
“New legislation is now in place to cover these items, but at the time of these offences, dangerous products such as these, were being openly sold to consumers in Oxford, from a retail shop. The council’s consistent approach in this matter stopped this from happening well before the new legislation came into being.”
The first female to stand up paddle board solo across the English Channel has begun her 24 mile journey.
Lizzie Carr will paddle from Dungeness to Boulogne for nine hours solid.
She's working with Plymouth University to raise awareness of the millions of tonnes of plastic that enters the oceans annually as part of the Plastic Patrol campaign.
She's encouraging the public to get involved with a series of stand up paddle boarding clean-up events at 14 locations in the UK, including Oxford and Bray in Berkshire.
Lizzie's journey can be tracked live here.
I am nervous about the challenge. I’ve been training hard but crossing will be unpredictable and although you can plan as best possible some things will be out of our hands. It's so important to get the message out there about plastic pollution, and although this will be tough knowing I have so much support and goodwill will really help push me.”
Two women who were left homeless after an explosion at a block of flats in Oxford three months ago, say they have received "little to no help".
Annie May and Habiba Gudal lost their homes in the blast on Gibbs Crescent in Osney on Valentines Day. They say they feel unsupported by their housing association and are asking for more support.
Housing provider A2Dominion insists that it is offering financial help to residents who have been affected.
The exact cause of the blast still hasn't been confirmed, but a pre-inquest review heard that the fire is believed to have been caused by fuel stored in a flat.
One man, Guido Schuette, died in the flames.
- Watch Sam Holder reporting from Osney:
Oxford's Gloucester Green bus depot was closed until midday on Sunday after a coach caught fire.
Pictures posted on social media show the extent of the flames:
No one was hurt in the incident.
Specialist officers working closely with Marine Police Unit and local police in Hammersmith and Fulham have now successfully removed a World War II bomb found in the water by Putney Bridge.
Officers including the Marine Policing Unit attended.
I'm very happy to update that the ordnance has now been safely removed and the race will be going ahead as planned.
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