October 31 2014 Latest news:
Crime Correspondent, Thousands of novelty lighters manufactured to look like imitation revolvers have been seized by Suffolk trading standards officers.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The lighters were due to be imported through Felixstowe docks until they were intercepted by the authorities.
The consignment contained 10,000 lighters.
They were shipped to the Port of Felixstowe from China.
After arriving at the Suffolk port they were then destined to be driven to an importer in London.
It is believed they would have then been distributed to various retailers throughout the UK.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council’s trading standards department said: “Further testing and work needs to be carried out by the team to ascertain the exact nature of the possible serious safety issues identified.
“These include novelty lighters - following fires resulting in deaths and serious injury across Europe where children confused novelty lighters as toys, new legislation was introduced in 2007 and 2008 banning their supply.
“Alongside this there are also concerns as to whether the lighter could be classed as an imitation firearm under current UK legislation, and whether the laser included in the device was of a class or strength that could not be used in consumer products and potentially capable of misuse causing damage to eyesight.
“Until the results of testing are known the consignment will be subject to controls and the lighters not released for free circulation on to the UK market.”