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Trading Standards Prosecute Over 'Dangerous' Toy Monkey


12:03am 18th November 2012
(Updated 6:49am 19th November 2012)

A children's toy has been banned, and its creators prosecuted by Dorset's Trading Standards.

The small plastic Solar Monkey was deemed to be unsafe because of its small parts that carried no warning on the packaging.

The toy was supposed to move in the sunlight.

Company Lesser and Pavey Ltd of Dartford, Kent, pleaded guilty to 3 offences at Weymouth Magistrates on Wednesday (14th November)

They were fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £613 in court costs.

Ivan Hancock, trading standards service manager for Dorset County Council,  said:

"Businesses importing toys play a critical role in ensuring unsafe goods are not sold to UK consumers. They are legally responsible for checking that all toys are safe before distributing them. Once sub-standard goods have been sent out, it really is a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. Where consumers' safety is put at risk by breaches formal action is always a consideration for us.

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