Director fined over unsafe toys

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A COMPANY director from Norton has been fined £2,500 and ordered to pay court costs of £7,440 for importing and selling unsafe toys.

Ian Ford, 70, of The Gardens, pleaded guilty to 12 charges under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and General Product Safety Regulations 2005 at Bury Magistrates’ Court on May 19. Suffolk Trading Standards prosecuted Ford, the sole director of I.K.F. International Ltd, when his company was found responsible for distributing unsafe toys which failed to comply with toy safety standards.

Tests on plastic toy guns and a bow and arrow set showed that parts could become detached and pose a choking risk for young children. Toys which were not labelled with warnings or instructions were found being sold in a discount shop in Newmarket in May 2010. Toys imported by I.K.F. also failed safety tests carried out by Worcestershire Regulatory Services in June 2010. Toys seized from the company were ordered to be destroyed.