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Salford shopkeeper fined for selling potentially lethal goods to undercover Trading Standards officers

By Adam Ryder

A Salford shop keeper who sold potentially lethal fan heaters to undercover Trading Standards officers is being fined.

Mohammed Abduhamad, 50, of Great Western Street, admitted selling heaters designed for the international market that did not fit a UK three pin plug socket.

He was fined £2,500 and forced to pay £2,118.54 in legal costs after pleading guilty to supplying unsafe electrical equipment, two counts of selling unsafe fan heaters, plus one count of engaging in unfair commercial practice at Manchester Magistrates Court.

“Unsafe electrical equipment like this could cause electric shocks or even fires,” said Councillor Gena Merrett, Assistant Mayor for Housing and Environment at Salford City Council. “The work the officers did to stop these heaters being sold was outstanding and really could have saved lives.”

A customer complained to Trading Standards about a fan heater bought from Mr Abduhamad shop Power House Electrical Appliances on Swinton Parade.

The officers posed as customers and asked the shop assistant to show how them how the two pin plug could be forced into the socket.

Both Mr Abduhamad and the shop assistance were unaware the practice was illegal and could cause serious injury and even death.

All of the dangerous heaters were seized and the court gave permission that trading standards could destroy all the dangerous items.

Councillor Merret added: “I hope shopkeepers take notice of this prosecution and think about the safety of what they have on sale in their shops.”

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