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ESSEX Trading Standards will be putting on a special show in the summer- an Aladdin’s cave of fake jewelllery.
When the Trading Standards Institute holds its annual conference and exhibition at Bournemouth in June, they will see a display of £90,000 worth of counterfeit designer gems.
Among he haul is a necklace which was being offered for sale at £750 - as much as five times the price of the real thing.
Over 500 items of jewellery, marked as being by top designers including Chanel, Gucci, Tiffany, Bulgari and Rolex, were seized from a market stall in Essex - with most of the prices ranging from £10 to £50.

But one necklace labelled as Chanel - 'gold' and inlaid with unidentified stones - was marked up at £750. This is five times the price of some of Chanel's genuine costume jewellery pieces.

“We normally say that if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is - and that would still be our advice. But this necklace is an exceptional case - and it goes to show that members of the public should not be guided by price as being an indication that goods are genuine.”

Campaign launched against Essex rogue traders

A NEW campaign has been launched to protect the elderly from rogue traders. Essex County Council has teamed up with Essex Police and Age UK Essex for Be Sure at the Door.
It follows frauds totalling more than £1million when 18 pensioners in Colchester and Tendring were targeted. Five members of the co-ordinated gang were subsequently jailed for a total of more than 27 years, but many more appear happy to take advantage of the elderly.
As part of the campaign special “community agents” will visit homes to offer advice on cold callers and how to spot genuine traders.
Fridge magnets will also be handed out, including contact details of who to call if you have concerns.

Crooks trying to ruin a genuine tree cutting company

IF you're planning to have overgrown trees cut down, hedges trimmed or tree stumps removed, then make sure you are using a genuine established company otherwise you may end up being landed with a huge bill and the work not completed.
One such genuine company is Essex Tree Services Ltd based at Honeypots Farm, Gusted Hall Lane, Hockley, but it appears crooks have been using their name to extort money from vulnerable home owners.
The crooks – claiming they were from Essex Tree Services - are believed to be responsible for a flat break-in at Lundy Close, Eastwood.
The flat owners agreed to have a tree cut down and roots removed and the occupants handed over a deposit so specialist equipment could be brought in to remove the roots.
The victims were instructed to go out while the work was completed and when they returned their front door had been kicked in and a three-figure sum of cash stolen.
Police are investigating the case, but they believe bogus flyers were distributed in the area to tout for work. But the real Essex Tree Services do not canvas door-to-door and only advertise their business in Yellow Pages and Yell.
Essex Tree Services Ltd is a genuine, trustworthy company with 25 years experience. The best way to ensure you only employ their services and not those of a rogue trader is to phone them on 01702-207011 if someone happens to knock on your door. Chances are if someone is canvassing you they will be crooks trying to ruin the name of a legitimate company.
A neighbour in Lundy Close has reported seeing a black car or small van leaving the scene with two men inside. Police say the vehicle was a 55-plate white box van and was towing an orange tree and branch chipper
Pc Chris Martin from Southend police station said: "I am seeking to speak to anyone that has any information about anyone purporting to be Essex Tree Services or who was in the area at the time and can assist in anyway.
"Specifically I am seeking a flyer distributed by the company in the area of Eastwood.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Martin on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
This is the website of the genuine Essex Tree Services if you need work done in your home

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