A Manchester based company, Novelty World Ltd who provided unsafe toys bearing the Olympic symbol during the Olympic period was fined a total of £8,700 and ordered to pay £5,000 towards the Council’s costs at Southwark Crown Court on 28 January 2014.
Trading Standards brought the action against the company and the Director, Ian Malpas, 50, of Southport after discovering the bears in a grab machine in the London Trocadero during the Olympic period. The officers seized the toys and subsequent safety testing proved the toys to be hazardous to children. The trader was informed that the goods were unsafe and had been seized.
The Court heard that the trader aggravated the situation as once the company was informed that the toys were unsafe they refilled the grab machines with more soft toys which were also found to be unsafe. The managing director then resigned from the company in order to prevent detection and further action being taken against him.
All of the goods were forfeited for destruction.
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