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Business owners fined after breaking lockdown rules
Published October 22, 2021 11.22am
The owners of two County Durham businesses have been ordered to pay a total of almost £4,000 after breaching Covid regulations earlier this year.
Man fined for dealing scrap metal without a licence
Published October 11, 2021 9.18am
A man has been ordered to pay over £500 after he was found trading as a scrap metal dealer without a licence.
County Durham farmer sentenced for animal cruelty
Published September 22, 2021 2.11pm
A County Durham farmer has been sentenced to 36 weeks in prison and disqualified from keeping or owning animals after being found guilty of animal cruelty charges.
Shop linked to illegal cigarettes and tobacco ordered to close
Published September 17, 2021 4.41pm
A shop in County Durham has been ordered to close for three months having been linked to the sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco.
Illicit cigarettes and tobacco found as part of investigation
Published September 13, 2021 11.07am
Illicit cigarettes and tobacco with a legitimate market value of more than £100,000 have been uncovered as part of an investigation.
Closure order served on holiday lodges after allowing guests during lockdown
Published March 31, 2021 11.11am
The owner of holiday lets in County Durham has been fined and ordered to close their business after it was found to be operating during coronavirus restrictions.
Court orders County Durham gym to close after breaking lockdown rules
Published February 24, 2021 5.50pm
We have successfully obtained a closure order against a County Durham gym for breaching health protection regulations by operating during lockdown.
Warning to be watchful of scams and fraud during national lockdown
Published November 17, 2020 11.35am
A North East council is reminding its residents to be watchful for scams and fraud designed to target people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Man sentenced for money laundering following sale of fake signed sports shirts
Published November 12, 2020 4.51pm
A County Durham man who was part of a wider scheme to sell fake sports memorabilia to unwitting fans has been sentenced in court.
North East fish fraudster sentenced to four years behind bars
Published November 03, 2020 4.35pm
An Chester-le-Street mobile fish seller who defrauded vulnerable households out of £100,000 has been sentenced today at Teesside Crown Court to 60 months in prison, reduced to 40 months for an early guilty plea.
Tenants encouraged to know their rights after changes in legislation
Published November 03, 2020 11.25am
Tenants in County Durham are being reminded to check their landlords are complying with property and rental standards following new and updated housing legislation.
Working with housing provider to tackle anti-social behaviour
Published September 23, 2020 11.45am
We have partnered with a housing provider to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in areas of the county.
Pair fined after counterfeit cigarettes found in home
Published August 14, 2020 12.53pm
A County Durham couple has been fined after they were caught possessing counterfeit and illegal cigarettes and tobacco.
Scrap metal dealer prosecuted
Published February 14, 2020 2.40pm
A Bishop Auckland man who operated as a scrap metal dealer for two years without a licence has been fined by magistrates.