Public protection - prosecutions

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The council's Public Protection Team aims to ensure that the county borough is a healthy, safe and fair place for people to live and work, with reducing levels of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. We take steps to raise awareness and work closely with local traders to ensure that they understand what the law requires of them and that they comply with all of their legal obligations.

One of our key tasks is to expose and bring before the courts those individuals and businesses we discover acting illegally. We do not take the decision to prosecute lightly but when appropriate we will take action to provide protection to the public and to maintain a 'level playing field' for legitimate businesses to trade in the county borough.

We will also act against alcohol sellers who are in breach of their conditions of licence or are failing to uphold the objectives of the Licensing Act, and other legislation, by calling for a review of the licence by the Licensing Committee.

In order to help legitimate businesses and provide information to consumers we have produced lists of recent prosecutions. The lists identify: -

  • The name of the company or person against who the case was brought
  • Brief details of the offence
  • The penalty imposed by the courts
  • The legislation under which the offence was committed

It is information which both consumers and traders alike may find of interest.

When reading the details of those prosecuted it should be remembered that some of the offences do not come to light immediately and could have been committed a number of years previously. Where a licence has been reviewed it may be subject to appeal and the most up to date information is included.

This information is made available for a limited period in order to promote the openness, transparency and accountability of the criminal justice system to the people it serves.

The information is made available solely on the understanding that it is for the individual use of the person who has accessed the page. The information on this page must not be stored, recorded, republished or otherwise processed without explicit agreement of Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Trading standards prosecutions

Defendant's NameDetails of the Offence and Court hearingDecision of the CourtLegislation
John Godfrey Hale trading as Walter's Convenience Store, Cwmfelinfach.22 August 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Possession for supply and the sale of counterfeit tobacco products.

Possession for supply and the sale of tobacco products which did not comply with relevant Safety Regulations.

£300 fine, £30 victim surcharge, and £496.30 costs to the Local Authority.Trade Marks Act 1994.

The Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) (Safety) Regulations 2002.

Paul Richard Weston of Hengoed.8 August 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Possession for supply of counterfeit goods.

Community Order- 50 hours unpaid work, £1200 costs to the Local Authority. £60 victim surcharge and forfeiture of counterfeit goods.Trade Marks Act 1994.
Oliver Johnson of Newbridge.11 July 2013 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Sale of alcohol to two persons under the age of 18.

£150 fine, £717.56 costs to the Local Authority and £20 victim surcharge.Licensing Act 2003.
Lisa Davies of Churchill Park, Caerphilly.20 June 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Possession for supply of counterfeit clothing and electrical goods.

4 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, Community Order - 60 hours unpaid work, £400 costs to the Local Authority, £80 victim surcharge and forfeiture of counterfeit goods. Trade Marks Act 1994.
Carl John Kilby of Oakdale.20 June 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Possession for supply and the sale of counterfeit tobacco products.

Possession for supply and the sale of tobacco products which did not comply with relevant Safety Regulations

4 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months. Community Order - 100 hours unpaid work. £320 costs to the Local Authority, £80 victim surcharge and forfeiture of counterfeit tobacco products. Trade Marks Act 1994.

The Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) (Safety) Regulations 2002.

Lee Davies of Mountain Ash.19 May 2014 at Cwmbran Magistrates Court

Falsely claiming that food premises had a Food Hygiene Rating. Falsely claiming to have food safety qualifications.

Street Trading without appropriate consent from the Local Authority.

Conditional Discharge, £335 costs to the Local Authority, £15 victim surcharge.Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Practices Regulations 2008.

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

Jamie Stephen Faulkner of Aberbargoed.19 May 2014 at Cwmbran Magistrates Court.

Possession for supply of counterfeit clothing.

Community Order for 50 hours unpaid work, £800 costs to the Local Authority, £60 victim surcharge and forfeiture of counterfeit goods, packaging and equipment.Trade Marks Act 1994.
Daniel Lesley Powell of Tir-y-Berth.19 May 2014 at Cwmbran Magistrates Court.

Possession for supply of counterfeit clothing.

Community Order for 40 hours unpaid work, £760 costs to the Local Authority £60 victim surcharge and forfeiture of counterfeit goods, packaging and equipment.Trade Marks Act 1994.
Robert Matthews, Trethomas.25 April 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Using an unlicensed vehicle as a Private Hire vehicle within Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Driving a vehicle which did not have the necessary "hire and reward" insurance cover.

£460 fine, £20 victim Surcharge, and six penalty points on driving license.Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
Road Traffic Act 1988.
Jenna Jane Curtis, Blackwood.11 April 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Sale of alcohol to person under the age of 18.

£40 fine, £250 costs to the Local Authority and £20 victim surcharge.Licensing Act 2003.
Melanie Thomas, Oakdale.8 April 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court. Failing to give proper care to two equines.

Two year Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay £2,000 costs and a £15 Victim Surcharge.

A possession order was made under section 20(1)(d) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 for their disposal other than by way of sale of two equines.

Animal Welfare Act 2006.
David Williams, Wyllie.11 April 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

As a Director of Lonsdale Leasing Limited of Wattsville, by virtue of his negligence.

1. Gave misleading indications as to the Prices that 6 vehicles were offered for sale at.

2. failed to indicate the selling price of a motor vehicle.

£1300 fine, £330.80 costs to the Local Authority and £120 victim surcharge.Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Price Marking Order 2004
Brenig Hardacre,Trinant.On 21 March 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court pleaded guilty to 30 animal welfare offences involving horses, cattle and other livestock in respect of their welfare and environment.12 month Community Order for 200 hours unpaid work, £1000 contribution to costs, and a victim surcharge of £60. Banned from keeping Livestock and Equines.Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Antelope Green Fuels Ltd. Duffryn Business Park,Ystrad Mynach.28th February 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

1. Using Measuring Equipment that had not been stamped as fit for use for trade.
2. Using measuring equipment that was unjust
3. Falsely representing a fuel was white diesel when it was not.

£1,000 for each offence. Costs of £2,577.31 and a victim surcharge of £100.Weights & Measures Act 1985.

Fraud Act 2006.

Warren James Davies, Pontllanfraith.17 January 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

As a Director of WD Cars Limited of Cross Keys, by virtue of his negligence.

1. Gave a consumer an indication on an invoice that their rights were less than they were.

2. Failed to indicate that the airbags on a Fiat 500 had been deployed and needed replacing.

£1400 fine, £562 costs to the Local Authority, £1300 compensation to the consumer and £70 victim surcharge.Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
WD Cars Limited, Crosskeys.17 January 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

1. Gave a consumer an indication on an invoice that their rights were less than they were.

2. Failed to indicate that the airbags on a Fiat 500 had been deployed and needed replacing.

£100 fine.Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
John Jones Trading as Maerdy Garage of Rhymney.10 January 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Offering to supply of a dangerous motor vehicle.

£250 fine £850.50 costs to the Local Authority, and £25 victim surcharge.General Product Safety Regulations 2005.
Melvin Kitchen of Aberbargoed.The offence was heard on 10 January 2014 at Newport Magistrates Court

Possession of cigarettes which were counterfeit, possession of cigarettes that did not have required health warnings printed on the packs.

£120 fine, £500 costs to the Local Authority, £20 victim surcharge.Trade Marks Act 1994.
The Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) (Safety) Regulations 2002.
Zoe Packham. Keble Court Graig-Y-Rhacca. Caerphilly. D.O.B 31 October 1991.Date of Offence on or around 21 May 2013. Court hearing 29 November 2013 at Newport Magistrates.

Giving her waste to an unlicensed waste carrier subsequently found illegally deposited at Addison Way Grag-Y-Rhacca Caerphilly.

12 month conditional discharge £489.27 costs.Trade Marks Act 1994
Consumer Protection Act 1987.
Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34 (2a).
Gillian Margaret Day-Jones trading as Days Dream of Quaker's Yard.13 December 2013 at Newport Magistrates Court.

Possession and sale of counterfeit toys, watches and other goods.

Possession of Toys which were unsafe and inadequately marked.

3 Year conditional discharge, £833 costs to the Local Authority and £15 victim surcharge.Trade Marks Act 1994
Consumer Protection Act 1987.
Toy Safety Regulations 2011.
Mark Anthony Griffiths of Penyrheol, Caerphilly.29 November 2013 at Newport Magistrates Court

Storage of fireworks in unregistered premises.

£500 fine, £238 costs to the Local Authority.Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005.
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Wendy Faulkner of Aberbargoed.Driving a Licensed Hackney Carriage without being licensed by the Local Authority to drive such a vehicle.

15 November 2013 at Newport Magistrates Court.

£400 fine, £40 victim surcharge and £438.20 costs to the Local Authority.Town Police Clauses Act 1847.
David Thomas Rawlinson of Cheltenham.As a Manager of MP Global Trading Limited, promoting a house to house collection for a charitable purpose without a licence having been obtained from the local authority, by virtue of his neglect.

8 November 2013 at Newport Magistrates Court.

24 months conditional discharge, £845 costs to the Local Authority, £15 victim surcharge.House to House Collections Act 1939.
Mark Davis trading as Valley Dampproofing and Plastering of Bargoed.Carried out damp proofing which was not to professional standard. Failure to give consumer cancellation rights.

4 October 2013 at Newport Magistrates Court.

12 Month Community Order, to include 10 days on Substance Misuse Programme, 200 hours unpaid work, £500 costs to the Local Authority and £60 victim surcharge.Fraud Act 2006.
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008
Anthony Allen Moses Of AberdareCarried out damp proofing which was not to professional standard.

4 October 2013 at Newport Magistrates Court.

£600 fine, £1124.75 costs to the Local Authority and £60 victim surcharge.Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008
Mr Bledar Shehu. George Street. Argoed.23 September 2013 at Cwmbran Magistrates Court.

Smoking in smoke free premises.

Driving a vehicle which did not have the necessary "hire and reward" insurance cover.

£35 fine £120 costs to the Local Authority and £15 victim surcharge.Health Act 2006.
Wayne Bartle-Evans of Cwmcarn.15 August 2013 at Caerphilly Magistrates Court.

Acting as a Private Hire Taxi Operator within Caerphilly County Borough Council, whilst not having the appropriate License.

Driving a vehicle which did not have the necessary "hire and reward" insurance cover.

£110 fine, £20 victim Surcharge, 6 Penalty Points on Driving License.Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

Road Traffic Act 1988.

Dean Richard Ward, trading as Builders 247 Ltd. Porth.On 8 August 2013 pleaded guilty to 8 charges relating to falsely described and poor building work.

200 hours community service. £1511.99 costs £1500 compensation to the consumer.Firework Regulations 2004
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

Environmental health prosecutions

Defendant's NameDetails of the Offence and Court hearingDecision of the CourtLegislation
Louise Dennison. Millbrook Road, Pontllanfraith. NP12 2AL.Failing to remove dog's faeces on Springfield Park, Pontllanfraith on the 7 February 2014.

The case was held at Newport Magistrates Court on 18 July 2014.

she was found guilty in her absence and was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £120 and a victim surcharge of £20.Dog fouling of land act 1996 section 87/88.
Tim Davies of Sunnybank Road, Blackwood.Appeared at Newport Magistrates' Court on Monday 7 July charged with breach of duty of care allowing waste under his control to be deposited on land, namely Tonypistyll Road, Pentwynmawr in February 2013.

He pleaded guilty. He was issued with £400 fine, £338.47 costs, £40 Victim surcharge. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34 (1).
Andrew Prosser of Meadow Terrace, New Tredegar.The defendant did not attend Cwmbran Magistrates court on 30 June 2014.

Breaching the provisions of the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 Section 3 & 4 at Phillips Town New Tredegar

The case was proved in his absence. He was issued with £120 fine, £120 costs, £20 Victim surcharge, whereby a 14-day collection order was made. The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1990 Sections 3&4.
Arkadiusz Aulejtner - Fochriw, Bargoed.Breach of duty of care of controlled waste Date of offence - 5 November 2012.

The defendant attended Newport Magistrates Court on 13 June and pleaded guilty..

The defendant was fined £450 and ordered to pay costs of £448.93, Victim surcharge £45 at a rate of £25 per week. Environmental Protection Act 1990 sect 34 (1).
Ms Farah Naz.Failure to provide a supply of hot water to the sink at the premises and failure to comply with a hygiene improvement notice.

16 May 2013 at Caerphilly Magistrates Court.

A total of 16 offences were brought. The intial offence was allocated a £600 fine.

No separate penalty was allocated to all remaining offences. £400 costs and £60 victim surcharge were also awarded.

Regulation (EC) No.852/2004, Article 4(2), Annex II, Paragraph 2(a)

Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006, Regulation 6(2).

Cashino Gaming Ltd, Blackwood.Five offences under the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 (Wales) Regulations 2011.

A volunteer wearing a hidden camera purchased a six-minute sunbed session at the premises, but sufficient checks were not made by staff to ensure the user's safety.

Court hearing at Newport Magistrates Court on Friday 18 October.

Magistrates ordered that Cashino Gaming pay a total of £6,920 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge.

Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 (Wales) Regulations 2011.
Zoe Packham. Keble Court Graig-Y-Rhacca. Caerphilly. D.O.B 31 October 1991.Giving her waste to an unlicensed waste carrier subsequently found illegally deposited at Addison Way Grag-Y-Rhacca Caerphilly.

Date of Offence on or around 21st May 2012. Court hearing 29tt November 2012 at Newport Magistrates.

12 month conditional discharge £489.27 costs.Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34 (2a).
Carol Telling of Fareham close, Swindon. SN3 2NX.Discarding litter (cigarette butt) onto the highway at main street, Newbridge.

The case was held at Newport Magistrates Court on 22 November 2013.

She was proved in her absence and was fined a £110 and ordered to pay costs of £120 and a victim surcharge of £20.Environmental protection act 1990 section 87
Catherine Pritchard of Coronation Buildings, Cwmfelinfach.Allowing her dog to foul and failing to remove forthwith from the highway.

The case was held at Newport magistrates court on 25 October 2013.

Proved in her absence was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £120 and a victim surcharge of £20.Dogs (fouling of land)act 1996 section 3.
Miss Janice Thomas. Fair View. Risca. NP11 6HU.Discarding Litter (Cigarette End) At Risca High Street on the 29th of May 2013.

The Defendant Failed To Attend Court. She was found guilty in is absence.

She was issued with £120 fine, £120 costs, £20 Victim surcharge.The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sections 87&88
Mr Bledar Shehu. George Street. Argoed.Discarding Litter (Cigarette End) from a vehicle on Pontygwindy Road, Caerphilly on the 2nd of May 2013.

Cwmbran Magistrates Court on 23rd Of September 2013. The defendant failed to attend court, case proven in his absence.

. He was issued with £75 fine, £120 costs, £15 Victim surcharge.The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sections 87 & 88.
Craig Crook of Broadmead, Pontllanfraith.Illegally tattooing people at his home address.

The case was heard at Caerphilly Magistrates court on 5th September 2013.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £450, together with £900 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
Mr Paul Kent. Elm Drive, Risca. NP11 6HJ.Discarding Litter (Cigarette End) on Risca High Street on the 9th of April 2013.

The case was heard at Caerphilly Magistrates court on 25th July 2013. He was found guilty in his absence as he failed to attend court.

He was issued with £110 fine, £120 costs, £20 Victim surcharge.The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sections 87&88.

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