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ANGRY Birds toys, Rubik’s cubes and gas-powered scooters, are just some of the unsafe items seized by trading standards.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service seized hundreds of unsafe imported goods destined to be sold online.

The 498 unsafe items included toys, ultra violet nail lamps, wax heaters, nail dryers, garden machinery, gas-powered scooters and electrical chargers.

Among products confiscated were counterfeit Rubik’s cubes, which were going to be given away at a Santa’s Grotto.

Councillor Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council and lead on policy and resources, said: ‘It’s excellent that consumers in Hampshire and beyond have been saved from being out of pocket now these thousands of unsafe imports have been seized.

‘Our approach is to prevent unsafe goods from getting onto the UK market.

‘Not only can they pose risks to users, they can also be unfair competition to those importers who do follow the correct procedures, have the necessary paperwork and take their responsibilities seriously.

‘These imported goods are often of inferior quality and/or dangerous, there is little opportunity for people to get their money back.’

Businesses looking to import items are encouraged to speak to its closest trading standards office at an early stage.

To find out more about trading standards, call 01962 833620.