Cuddly toys seized in choking alert

Danger toys: One of the hazardous cuddly animals seized by council staff
Danger toys: One of the hazardous cuddly animals seized by council staff

Dangerous toys that could put young children at risk have been taken off the streets of Blackpool amid fears parents could buy them as Christmas presents.

Town hall chiefs have issued a warning that the “poorly made” cuddly animals being sold by a street vendor could pose a chocking hazard.

Officers seized a range of toy dogs, one of which is pictured above, adorned with several small accessories that health and safety officers say are a danger to children.

Blackpool Council said the toys were not manufactured to the normal safety standard.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public safety and enforcement, urged parents not to take the risk with counterfeit and untested goods this Christmas.

Coun Campbell said: “Sometimes sellers will try to offer bargains to people before Christmas, things that would, on the face of it, make nice stocking fillers.

“However, the risk does not outweigh the saving; some of these toys could put children’s health at risk.

“Our advice is to steer clear and only by toys that are clearly CE marked from reputable stores.” The toys were seized from a street vendor who operates mainly in the town centre after he was reported to the council.

“They come in a range of colours and with different adornments.

Anyone who has purchased one is advised to keep it away from children.

Blackpool Council said a decision over whether to take further action against the vendor will be taken in due course.

How parents can tell if children’s toys are safe

Kids’ toys are among a wide range of products that must meet strict health and safety standards before they can be sold in this country.
Under European Union legislation, only products which meet these requirements – and show the CE marking – can legally be sold. Consumers should look out for the mark – which is also used on electrical goods and personal protective equipment – as it shows a product complies with the law and meets the necessary standards.