Cwmbran shop ordered to close to prevent criminal and anti-social behaviour

Posted on: Friday 2 February 2024

A shop in Old Cwmbran has been served with a Court Order, requiring it to close for three months, following action by the Council’s Trading Standards Team.

In response to allegations about ‘Pink Lady Vape’ shop at 22 Victoria Street, Old Cwmbran, officers from the Council’s Trading Standards Team obtained evidence that the shop was supplying vapes that do not comply with product standards, and were selling vapes to children. 

On Thursday 1 February 2024, a hearing took place at Newport Magistrates’ Court, and after considering evidence from Trading Standards Officers, a Closure Order was granted to prevent further criminal and anti-social behaviour occurring within the area.     

The Order prohibits access to the premises, except by prior arrangement and specific written agreement from the Council.

Breaching a Closure Order is a criminal offence and could result in imprisonment for a period of three months, an unlimited fine, or both.

Daniel Morelli, Head of Public Protection and Environmental Services said, “A Closure Order is a fast and flexible power that can be used by Trading Standards to close premises which are being used, or likely to be used, to commit crime or anti-social behaviour.”

“Illegal vapes do not meet product standards and have been known to contain harmful substances and chemicals, which could be damaging to health, particularly children.”

“The Council’s Trading Standard Team are responsible for enforcing a range of legislation governing the sale of goods, and will take robust action to protect the public and legitimate businesses from risks of harm.”

“I would urge anyone with concerns about shops selling vapes illegally to contact the Council’s Trading Standards Team.”

Protecting children, as well as the wider community, from harmful substances and products supports the Council’s County Plan by championing children, young people and families, so they can thrive. Read more about the County Plan.   

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco or vapes can contact the Torfaen Trading Standards team on 01633 647623 or e-mail

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