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Sweet shop fined for selling wonky Wonka bars

A Cwmbran sweet retailer has been prosecuted for selling fake Wonka chocolate bars for £3 which were actually repackaged supermarket-value bars.

Sweet66 Ltd pleaded guilty to eight offences of breaching trademark legislation and misleading consumers.

A court found the Cwmbran sweet shop guilty of selling fake chocolate bars. Credit: Torfaen Council

An investigation, led by Torfaen Council's trading standards, found that Sweet66 Ltd were selling fake Wonka chocolate bars for £3 that were actually repackaged Smart Price chocolate bars from ASDA, which they had bought for just 30p.

The £3 Wonka bars were really a 30p Asda supermarket brand. Credit: Torfaen Council

Newport magistrates court heard Sweet66 candy store in Cwmbran Shopping Centre had duped consumers and was fined £400 and ordered to pay £1000 towards the prosecutions costs.

Sweet66 Ltd, which is owned by Mr Alexander Gwillym, 39, of Llantarnam, Cwmbran, started selling the counterfeit chocolate bars in September 2012 and continued to do so, despite advice from the council's trading standards service.

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Valleys shop slapped with alcohol ban for Christmas

The Rhondda shop will not be able to sell alcohol until 2014. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

A Rhondda convenience store has lost its licence to sell alcohol over the Christmas period after allegedly exacerbating underage drinking and anti-social behaviour in the local community.

Turtle Beach Food and Wine Company in Bute Street, Treherbert, appeared before Merthyr Magistrates’ Court to appeal against a decision by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in May to revoke its licence entirely.

The court decided that management of the store had demonstrated better compliance and they would only lose their licence to sell alcohol for a period of three months.

Magistrates’ made the decision after it was agreed the retailer would continue to profit from socially irresponsible behaviour which was having an adverse impact on the surrounding community. The store owner was ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

South Wales Police Inspector for Rhondda, Nick Picton said, “A well run shop is a real asset to any community, but a badly run shop can be the source of many problems. Turtle Beach Food and Wine Company fuelled anti-social behaviour through their irresponsible sale of alcohol.“

Click here: to read Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's full report.

Car dealer created 'honeypot' to lure customers

The car dealer was fined £450 for its false car adverts. Credit: www.gwdmotors.co.uk/

A Carmarthen motor trader has been fined for advertising cars it did not have in order to lure in customers.

Moduron GWD and company owner Rhys Lloyd were found guilty by a jury at Swansea Crown Court last month of nine offences of engaging in a commercial practice which was misleading.

The court also found the firm left adverts for cars that had been sold four months previously on the internet to lure customers into the dealership in order to sell them something else.

The judge told Lloyd that he had tried to create a honeypot effect by using untrue adverts to bring in customers in the hope of selling them less attractive cars.

Moduron GWD was fined a total of £450 for the nine offences and ordered to pay £2,000 costs.

The case was bought by Carmarthenshire County Council Trading Standards Service which says it advised the company on several occasions that its practices were unfair and misleading but chose not to take heed.

The council's board member for public protection Cllr Jim Jones said,“This case shows that the local authority is prepared to prosecute to protect the interests of customers.”

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