Jeweller fined for selling without hallmarks

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Mangla Jewellers ordered to pay £1,700 after four previous warnings.

The owner of Mangla Jewellers in Bradford has been ordered to pay £1,700 after he was found guilty of selling unhallmarked gold jewellery.

Murkhtar Ahmed pleaded guilty to 11 charges of selling gold jewellery that had not been hallmarked when he appeared at Keighly Magistrates Court yesterday.

The case of Mangla Jewellers was brought to the attention of authorities after a customer discovered that their gold purchase was not hallmarked. A subsequent spot inspection by West Yorkshire Trading Standards found that nine out of 10 items on sale at the shop were not properly hallmarked at which point 10 pieces of jewellery were seized.

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Ahmed has insisted that though the jewellery was not hallmarked, it was all being sold as the correct caratage. However the court still decided to push for a fine as Ahmed had been warned about selling unhalmarked jewellery four times previously.

Speaking to local paper the Telegraph & Argus after the hearing, David Strover, principal trading standards officer, said: “I hope this case puts the jewellery trade on notice that Trading Standards will act against jewellers failing to comply with the Hallmarking Act.”

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