By Connie Osborne Friday 11 October 2013 Updated: 14/10 14:46
A CHAIN store has been fined £5,000 for selling unsafe ball point pens after they were spotted by a hawk-eyed Rubery resident.
The man was on holiday in Pwllheli when he found the pens at Home Bargains.
After reporting the incident to Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) in July last year, officers carried out test purchases at the Home Bargains in Redditch and found they were being sold there too.
It was found they did not comply with the official writing and marking instrument standards as they did not have any ventilation holes in the lids. It means if anyone was to the swallow a lid, they did not have the correct safety measure to prevent them from choking.
That led to TJ Morris, which trades as Home Bargains, being ordered to pay £5,000.
The pack, along with more than 11,000 others which were sold across the UK and were imported, therefore breached the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.
The Liverpool company was handed the maximum fine after pleading guilty at Redditch Magistrates' Court last Thursday (October 3).
They were ordered to pay costs of £1,685, a victim surcharge of £120 and all of the pens were recalled.
Lucy Hodgson, WRS joint committee chair, said: "It is down to the diligence of this member of the public in reporting his concerns that no injuries, fatal or otherwise were sustained."
At the time The Standard went to press TJ Morris declined to comment.
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