Consumers urged to watch out over Christmas

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From Christmas decorations to buying children’s toys, they are urging people to find out more about the products they buy and where they come from.

To avoid any mishaps, shoppers are urged to always buy toys from trustworthy shops and online outlets, choose toys suitable for the child’s age, abilities and skill level, and to be aware that toys that are not meant for a child’s specific age group may injure the child.

In recent months, Suffolk Trading Standards has also received reports across the county of mattresses, jewellery, televisions and even chainsaws all being sold from the back of cars and vans.

Members of the public who are approached by anyone offering to sell products in the street, from the back of a van, or on the door step should be treated as suspicious.

Councillor Colin Spence, cabinet member for public protection said: “The festive season is a time for joy and family but it can be a particularly risky time for shoppers.

“Throughout the year, Suffolk Trading Standards receive calls from various people who can fall foul to unscrupulous traders offering fake or dangerous goods at prices that are often too good to be true.

“We are not saying don’t enjoy yourself, our aim is simply to educate and empower communities to recognise potential dangers and avoid them.

“We want everyone to have the best time this Christmas but want to ensure you don’t unwittingly harm yourself or a member of your family.”