21st April 2021

Company fined over unsafe toys

A business in Essex was found guilty of importing and supplying toys which posed a choking hazard.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

A prosecution brought by Thurrock Council Trading Standards has resulted in a company which imported and supplied unsafe toys being ordered to pay more than £4,100.

JL Supplies Ltd failed to ensure that the toys it imported met proper safety standards and did not pose a danger to children.

An initial investigation of the company’s premises by Thurrock Council Trading Standards officers found toys without accompanying safety documentation. Further tests found a number of toys which presented a risk of choking or asphyxiation.

The company and its director, Jonathon Laidlaw, pleaded guilty to importing and supplying unsafe toys at a hearing at Southend Magistrates Court on April 14. The company was fined £600 and ordered to pay £937 costs and a £60 victim surcharge; Laidlaw was fined £1,400, plus £1,000 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.

The prosecution was brought after ‘repeated attempts’ to encourage the company to comply with its legal obligations, the Council said.

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