Wiltshire's Trading Standards swoop on Angry Birds hats

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: One of the hats, which has been seized by trading standards officers at Trowbridge and Salisbury markets One of the hats, which has been seized by trading standards officers at Trowbridge and Salisbury markets

Wiltshire Trading Standards have confiscated a series of furry children’s hats, which they say could pose a strangulation risk.

The colourful hats are made in China, and designed to look like the Minions from the animated Despicable Me films, or characters from mobile game Angry Birds.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “There is an extension hanging down each side of the hat with a pom-pom on the end, and the hat is intended to be secured underneath the chin by passing one hanging extension through a loop in the other.

“However this design means that there is no means for the extensions to disconnect and there is the potential for strangulation.”

Trading standards officers have notified market operators throughout Wiltshire and visits have been made to ensure that any of these items are removed from sale, with 40 hats priced between £5 and £10 seized from stalls in Trowbridge and Salisbury so far.

Anyone who may have purchased one of the offending hats is urged to report it to trading standards on 0845 4040506 as soon as possible.

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2:40am Thu 27 Feb 14

trowbridge52 says...

I heard aboutt he dangers of these before Christmas in Trowbridge 2 months ago so how has it taken so long to put this article in hear 2 months later, surely doing at the time that trading standards were aware would of been the right thing to do ? A little late 2 months after the fact I feel .
I heard aboutt he dangers of these before Christmas in Trowbridge 2 months ago so how has it taken so long to put this article in hear 2 months later, surely doing at the time that trading standards were aware would of been the right thing to do ? A little late 2 months after the fact I feel . trowbridge52
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11:56am Thu 27 Feb 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

So the bits hanging down the side go round the neck like a ....ummm...scarf?
So the bits hanging down the side go round the neck like a ....ummm...scarf? Mrs Donnyfly
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3:43am Fri 28 Feb 14

trowbridge52 says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
So the bits hanging down the side go round the neck like a ....ummm...scarf?
apparently the way it does up causes the problem as you pass one of the hafging bits through a loop and once its through it does not undo very easily that is where the problem lies and the danger exists
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: So the bits hanging down the side go round the neck like a ....ummm...scarf?[/p][/quote]apparently the way it does up causes the problem as you pass one of the hafging bits through a loop and once its through it does not undo very easily that is where the problem lies and the danger exists trowbridge52
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