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Flytippers risk being stripped of vehicles this Christmas
Published November 23, 2020 1.31pm
Enforcement officers are warning flytippers that they risk being stripped of their vehicles this Christmas.
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.
Man found with false identity documents and over £5,000 worth of illicit tobacco is jailed
Published November 12, 2020 3.37pm
A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to possessing a fake driving licence and over £5,000 worth of illicit tobacco that failed to meet health warning and packaging regulations.
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.
Failing to complete joinery work lands former company director in court
Published October 23, 2020 10.59am
The former director of a fitted furniture company has been fined £370 and ordered to pay back the £1,500 deposit he received for joinery work he failed to complete.
Takeaway and director left £1,500 worse off over unlicensed late-night food sales
Published October 20, 2020 2.33pm
A Durham City takeaway and its director have been ordered to pay more than £1,500 between them after separate incidents of food being sold outside licensed hours.
Fly-tipper left more than £1,000 worse off after being caught on camera
Published October 15, 2020 2.56pm
A man who borrowed his brother's vehicle without asking and used it to fly-tip has been left more than a thousand pounds worse off and with a criminal conviction.
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.
Grandmother to pay nearly £1,000 for Blue Badge misuse
Published September 11, 2020 1.12pm
A County Durham woman who falsely claimed her grandson was visiting a doctor while using his Blue Badge to park in a disabled space has been left nearly £1,000 worse off.
Views sought on proposed changes to taxi policy
Published September 11, 2020 11.24am
Residents, businesses and visitors are invited to share their views on a review of the policy relating to hackney carriages and private hire vehicles, drivers and operators licensed by us.
Protecting County Durham residents from illegal products
Published September 08, 2020 3.43pm
Almost 15,000 illicit cigarettes have been seized as part of enforcement work to protect the residents of County Durham, councillors will hear.
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.
Guidance issued as hospitality businesses prepare to open in County Durham
Published July 02, 2020 1.10pm
A North East council has offered guidance to businesses and residents as lockdown restrictions begin to ease this week.
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.