Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service


West Yorkshire Trading Standards are once again reminding consumers of the dangers of buying items from door-to-door itinerant traders. The Service recently seized around 30 three-piece-suites containing illegal, flammable materials, from a travellers’ site in Drighlington. There was evidence that this was being sold door to door and through small adverts in shop windows to unsuspecting members of the public.

The furniture was tested and many items failed fire safety standards in that the foam was highly flammable and toxic fumes were emitted when tested. Such furniture was banned almost 15 years ago in the UK after a number of deaths in house fires, and West Yorkshire Trading Standards are concerned that illegal furniture is still finding its way into the UK market.

The illegal furniture will next week be destroyed by Trading Standards Officers to ensure that it does not find its way back onto the market.

Councillor Graham Clarke of West Yorkshire Joint Services said: "There is evidence to believe that this furniture was being shipped from other EC countries, where there are no strict laws on flammability and toxicity, and we are warning all consumers to be on their guard from individuals selling this type of furniture. My advice is for people to buy only from reputable dealers”

Chief Trading Standards Officer for West Yorkshire, Martin Wood said, “My message to traders supplying this illegal furniture is that we will not tolerate these activities in West Yorkshire and we will take the necessary steps to rid the marketplace of such items”

Notes to Editors

A photocall will take place between 9am and 10am on Monday 29th September 2003 at the Waste Management Centre on Evanston Avenue, Kirkstall Road,Leeds, where the furniture will be destroyed

For further information please contact:

Carol Hallett General Media Contact: 0113 3836407
Kevin Robson: Trading Standards Officer 0113 2898241