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Monthly Archives: November 2014

National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – Terrorist Tools

  • November 28, 2014
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  • The theme for Friday 28th November is “Terrorist Tools”.

    • Terrorists need tools like guns, ammunition and explosives to operate. The Government is working to make it more difficult for people intent on harm to get hold of weapons and explosives.
    • Firearms, ammunition and commercial explosives are regulated in the UK, which has led to the use of other chemicals to make bombs.
    • There is existing legislation in place controlling the carrying of knives and other bladed articles in public.
    • New EU legislation now requires certain chemicals to be bought with a permit and the sellers to report any suspicious transactions.
    • Police forces across England and Wales have held a national firearms amnesty throughout October and November, encouraging people to hand in illegally held guns without risk of prosecution to reduce the chance of weapons falling into the hands of extremists.

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Watchmakers Take Action to Prevent Download of Copyrighted Smartwatch Designs

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  • The world’s leading designers of luxury wristwatches are making a concerted effort to stop the growing trend of copying traditional watch-faces on to smart devices.

    TorrentFreak, the piracy news site, reports that big brands including Omega, Tissot, Certina and Mondaine have taken exception to so-called ‘pirate’ faces being made available for new smartwatches, and are now trying to remove them from the smartwatchInternet.  It is said that the companies are sending cease-and-desist notices to websites offering their watch-face designs for download, although they have not confirmed this publically.

    Smartwatches are available from a range of firms including Samsung, Sony and LG. Next year Apple will launch a version.

    Sites such as Facerepo currently offer users the chance to download a traditional face on to their smartwatches.  The company told TorrentFreak that it acts quickly to remove watch-faces that are infringing copyright.

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£25,000 Bill for eBay Trader Convicted of Selling Fake Cosmetics

  • November 27, 2014
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  • An eBay seller from Exmouth who was convicted of supplying fake and unsafe cosmetic products has been ordered to pay almost £25,000 following a financial investigation into the profits made from the sales under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    Deborah Hamber received a four month suspended prison sentence plus 150 hours of community service at Exeter Crown Court in May after being prosecuted by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service.

    She now has six months to pay £24,720.02 and if she does not she faces a 14 month prison sentence.

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    Ms Hamber used two separate eBay accounts to sell £25,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetic products, bearing brand names such as Benefit, Lancome and MAC.

    counterfeit-goods1-300x225Trading Standards Officers carried out a test purchase and had the goods analysed.   Following confirmation that the products were counterfeit, a warrant was executed at her Exmouth home and more fake goods were seized.

    There, letters were found to Ms Hamber from the UK Border Agency and Detain UK, advising her that they had detained parcels of Benefit cosmetics addressed to her, as they were counterfeit.

    Letters from customers, some complaining that the goods they had been sold were fake, were also found.

    Feedback left on the eBay website also showed how some customers had been misled.

    In addition to the products being fake, one product, a Benefit Bad Gal mascara, was found to contain twice the permitted levels of lead.

    Guilty plea

    Ms Hamber had earlier pleaded guilty at Magistrates Court to six offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994, in relation to the supply and intention to supply counterfeit goods, and one under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 in relation to the unsafe mascaras.

    The Court also ordered forfeiture and destruction of the seized goods and a confiscation investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

    Cllr Roger CroadCouncillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Trading Standards service, welcome the move.

    He said: “This legislation helps us to ensure criminals do not keep all the proceeds of their crimes. A percentage of the money paid will now be used in crime reduction and community initiatives, which is excellent news.”

    If you require consumer advice, wish to make a complaint about a trader or to report a matter to Trading Standards call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on
    03454 04 05 06 or find out more at www.adviceguide.org.uk

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National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – Terrorist Financing

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  • The theme for Thursday 27th November is “Terrorist Financing”.

    Points to remember are:

    • The fight against terrorism includes effective actions to impede the flow of funds that terrorist organisations depend upon to secure weapons and other materials.
    • Terrorists raise money through money laundering, posing as charity fundraisers, placing false charity collection boxes in shops and a wide range of criminal activity.
    • If you want to help people suffering in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq, use registered charities to donate in the safest, fastest and most convenient way. Local councils and the Charity Commission can verify legitimate charities.

    There are steps you can take to ensure your money goes to the right place.  These are outlined in the following link:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/92539732/Support%20Syria%20Safely.pdf

    Support Syria Safely

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National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – Preventing Violent Extremism

  • November 26, 2014
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  • The theme for Wednesday 26th November is “Preventing Violent Extremism”.

    Points to remember:

    Experience tells us that the terrorist threat comes not just from foreign nationals but also from terrorists born and bred in Britain.

    Terrorist groups who pose a threat to us seek to recruit people to their cause. However, the percentage of people who are prepared to support violent extremism in the UK is very small.

    Communities can work together to develop resilience to extremist influences that support terrorism.

    The “Prevent” programme is part of the counter-terrorism strategy. Its aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

    Prevent seeks to:

    • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
    • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
    • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

     

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NEC Wants You to Spot Counterfeits Using Your Phone’s Camera

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  • Want to find out whether or not something at the street market is a fake? In the future, you might only have to snap a photo with your smartphone. NEC has developed “object fingerprint” technology that compares the tiniest details of an object (such as the metal or plastic grain) with images in a cloud database; if something doesn’t look quite right in that cut-rate handbag, you’ll know right away. It’s useful beyond piracy, too. You could trace the origins of legitimate items, or make sure that repair crews are using the right parts.

    nec-counterfeit-detectorThe technology isn’t perfect. You’ll need a macro lens (including one that NEC plans to release) to get the necessary high-detail shots. The Japanese firm also hasn’t said whether or not you’ll have easy access to its anti-counterfeit tool, although that partly depends on its negotiation skills; it’s hoping to partner with other companies to make the phone-based scanner a reality by March 2016. If all goes well, though, you’ll always have a way to spot black market goods.

    Source: PCWorld via NEC

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National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – Transport Hubs

  • November 25, 2014
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  • The theme for Tuesday 25th November is “Transport Hubs”.

    Terrorists have targeted transport and transport hubs for violent attacks.

    Security at train stations and other transport hubs has been increased but the police want people to be vigilant and report potential threats.

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    For counter terrorism information regarding the railway network:

    http://www.btp.police.uk/advice_and_information/how_we_tackle_crime/terrorism.aspx

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National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week – Crowded Places

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  • The theme for Monday 24th November is “Crowded Places”.

    Crowded Places, which can include bars, restaurants and nightclubs, may be vulnerable to a range of criminality including terrorism.   The link below provides counter terrorism security advice to those who own, operate, manage or work in bars, pubs and nightclubs.  To keep people safe, business secure and minimise disruption, you may take measures to reduce your vulnerabilities to this type of crime.

    Raising the Barhttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/92539732/Raise%20the%20Bar.pdf

     

     

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National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

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    From Monday 24th November a national counter terrorism awareness week is being launched to encourage people to be vigilant and tell them about simple measures they can take to make it harder for terrorists to attack the UK.

    Following the increase of the international terrorism threat to severe, there is a heightened need to ensure that the UK is in the best position to deter and detect potential terrorist threats.  The week will focus on five key areas where action by the police, businesses and the public can prevent terrorism – crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing and the tools that terrorists need to operate.

    NCTAWAs part of its support for this initiative, the City of London Police will be holding a number of events throughout the week from table-top exercises and community briefings to leafleting and Project Servator deployments.

    Commander Wayne Chance said: ”To combat the terrorism threat effectively, law enforcement, businesses, government and the general public need to work together.  Since February this year, when we launched Project Servator as business as usual for the City of London Police, we have continued to refine our approach to deterring terrorism and detecting crime as well as positively and proactively engaging with our community.  A survey conducted in October shows that our approach is working – the people of London are knowledgeable about the risk from terrorism and willing to work with the police to prevent such attacks.’

    National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley from the Metropolitan Police Service said: ‘The danger posed by violent extremists has evolved. They are no longer a problem solely stemming from countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, far away in the minds of the public. Now, they are home grown, in our communities; radicalised by images and messages they read on social media and prepared to kill for their cause. The tragic murder of Lee Rigby last year was a stark warning to us all about how real and local the threat is.’

    The week focuses on a number of themes and there is a range of information available for the public to download (See our daily blog for the themes indicated on the dates below).  The force is encouraging the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

    Monday 24th November – Crowded Places

    Tuesday 25th November – Transport Hubs

    Wednesday 26th November – Preventing Violent Extremism

    Thursday 27th November – Terrorist Financing

    Friday 28th November – Terrorist Tools

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Couple who Made Fake One Direction and Race for Life Merchandise Ordered to Pay £75,000

  • November 21, 2014
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    Surelock had, as part of ongoing anti-counterfeit investigations, identified the eBay and web site of Fonfella as selling several of our music artists counterfeit garments.  We subsequently made test purchases and carried out our observations to establish the location of the business.  These findings were reported to Sutton Trading Standards and a joint operation commenced, culminating in the raid.

    A couple who made fake One Direction and Race for Life merchandise in their garden shed have been ordered to pay £75,000.  Jason and Natalie Robertson sold counterfeit hoodies, baseball caps, wristbands and other clothing on eBay from their home in Sutton, Surrey.  The couple, who traded under the name Fonfella Ltd, also made Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran products without the official trademarks.

    2354136600000578-2842159-image-2_1416487876718_txtThey were also deemed to have deprived Cancer Research UK of donations by producing fake Race for Life merchandise.   The pair took images from the internet and produced the goods in a shed in their back garden before posting them on the auction site and their own website.

    Council trading standards officers raided the couple’s house after a tip-off and seized a haul with a street value of £10,000.

    The Robertson’s were sentenced at Croydon Crown Court in September after pleading guilty to 12 charges contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994.  Mr Robertson, 43, and Mrs Robertson, 32, were fined £165 for each charge.  They were also forced to pay prosecution costs of £11,845, and a confiscation order of £75,000

    Council leader Ruth Dombey said: ‘It’s outrageous that a cancer charity was used as part of this scam. People who thought they were making a donation to a very good cause have been conned.  Counterfeit goods are never the same quality as the real thing.  There could have been a lot disappointed families who would have ended up with sub-standard clothes.  It is also unfair on our legitimate businesses who are gearing up for the Christmas period.’

    1416478608009_Image_galleryImage_Syndicated_for_Sutton_Gua_txtSimon Ledsham, director of trading at Cancer Research UK, said: ‘We’re hugely grateful to everyone who supports our work to beat cancer sooner by buying our products.  When customers purchase items from Cancer Research UK stores or through our online shop, 100 per cent of the profit goes to our pioneering research.  Needless to say, we are pleased with the outcome of the case.’

    The council has said it will recycle the confiscated goods.

    Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2842159/Couple-fake-One-Direction-Race-Life-merchandise-garden-shed-ordered-pay-75-000.html#ixzz3Jh8bqdGq

     

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