A heating installer from Devon has been ordered to pay almost £3,500 by Barnstaple Magistrates Court for offences including the misuse of the HETAS logo.

Warren Emo, trading as Fired Up, pleaded guilty to three charges which included giving a customer incorrect advice on the installation of woodburning stoves.

The case was brought to court by Devon Trading Standards, assisted by HETAS who confirmed that Fired Up was not a HETAS registered company, despite using the HETAS logo in advertisements in the North Devon Gazette.

Emo was fined £1830, ordered to pay £1000 costs, and £603.50 in compensation to the customer with a victim surcharge of £15.

HETAS head of registration Tina Seymour said: “We take any misuse of the HETAS logo very seriously, and work closely with trading standards across the UK to clamp down on any illegal use. With a growing number of HETAS registered businesses and increasing awareness of the HETAS logo amongst consumers we are keen to protect the reputation of legitimately registered installers.”