Issued By
Cumbria County Council


Cumbrian householders are warned not to buy power tools when itinerant salesmen come knocking at their door. The warning comes following a series of reports of householders in the Appleby area being approached on their doorstep and offered power tools at knock-down prices. Cumbria Trading Standards and Cumbria Police have every reason to believe that the power drills and mitre saws are not genuine, but are cheap imitation copies.

Phil Ashcroft, Head of Cumbria Trading Standards, said: “I believe that the power tools currently being touted door-to-door in the Appleby area are counterfeit. They may not be safe. Counterfeit goods are invariably of poor quality, and these power tools are likely to break down. We will take a robust line in enforcing the law against counterfeiting, especially where public safety is an issue”.

At Penrith Magistrates’ Court today, James Flynn of Londonderry pleaded guilty to ten charges of possessing counterfeit power tools with a view to offering them for sale. He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £150 prosecution costs. Magistrates made a forfeiture order in respect of the 21 power drills and 2 mitre saws that were in Flynn’s possession when he was stopped by the police.

For more information on this press release, or photographs of the offending items, contact Cumbria Trading Standards (Pat Thomas on 01539 773591 or Phil Ashcroft on 01539 773586).