Hundreds of thousands of the gaudy bands were among items seized by Harrow Trading Standards officers, working together with colleagues from customs and excise. A total of 100 boxes of loom bands, missing either the proper importers details or English instructions, were recovered from one of three shops raided in Queensbury Circle area on 17 September. Officers working as part of Harrow Council’s safer streets also seized 600 cigarettes imported without tax paid and hundreds of bottles of wine, beer and spirits. Cllr Varsha Parmar said: “I know parents are pestered by their children for loom bands, but it’s important to know you are buying the proper item. It’s often the case that what seems like a bargain at the time can end up costing more in the long run when it turns into a product that falls apart.” In total, trading standards seized: * 17.4 kg of chewing tobacco for not displaying the correct health warnings; * 13 toys without the correct CE markings, importers, manufacturing details and no instructions or warnings; * 170 cosmetic products for not displaying importer/distributors details, list of ingredients and instructions in English; * 100 boxes of loom bands, missing either the proper importers details or English instructions; * 150 crates of beer, 100 cases of wine and over 20 boxes of spirits; and * 600 foreign cigarettes for not displaying the correct health warnings. The raids are part of regular series of joint activity which involves Harrow Police, planning enforcement officers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Trading standards, London Fire Brigade and waste management officers. The event is part of community crime fighting across the borough to ensure crime in Harrow continues to fall.