Markets ban second hand items

Market traders in Northumberland are no longer able to sell second hand electrical goods and second hand car parts on sites owned by the county council

The move is in response to concerns from members of the public about such items being sold.

It also follows inspections carried out by the county’s trading standards department, which found significant safety and testing issues with some of the items being made available.

The council has a market charter stating its commitment to providing a quality service which contributes toward the local economy.

All market traders must now adhere to the charter, which was set out after consultation to protect both them and the customer.

The new rules have been put in place to ensure the safety of residents and visitors who shop at markets.

Coun David Ledger, deputy leader of the council and policy board member for public protection, said: “We are taking a zero tolerance approach to items which may cause an accident, injury or a fire.

“Even if products are second hand, it is vital that they are still safe in all regards and that the public are protected.”

Any resident with concerns about an item bought from a market or other retailer should contact the citizens advice consumer service on 08454 040506.