Dangerous religious icons confiscated from Manor Park shops

Flashing religious models were seized from shops in Manor Park after council officers declared them a danger to worshippers.

Nine of the brightly coloured models of Hindu gods and goddesses were seized by Trading Standards officers after it was discovered they did not have proper electrical checks or certification, loose wires and illegal two-pin plugs.

They suspect the illuminated icons, priced from �10.99 to �20.99, were imported illegally from the far East.

Anyone caught selling the models face a fine of up to �5,000 and six months’ jail.

Cllr Unmesh Desai, executive member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “We’re the most ethnically diverse borough in Britain. These items are unsafe and we want them out of the shops - and out of the hands of customers.

“Our number one priority as a borough is to keep our streets and shops safe for our residents.”

If spotted, these items should be reported to Consumer Direct on 01622 626520 or 01622 626532 or www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.