A warning has been issued about potentially unsafe chainsaws and generators being sold across Argyll.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Trading Standards team has been working with local police following reports of men selling petrol chainsaws and generators from vans in towns throughout the area.
The chainsaws do not carry the CE mark which means that their safety for use can’t be guaranteed.
It is understood that there are up to six vehicles operating across the area, visiting local businesses and inviting passers-by to look at the chainsaws and generators stored within the van.
A council spokesman said: “While it can be tempting to purchase these items at what seems like a bargain price, the potential cost to your personal safety far outweighs this. People who are offered these goods or who see anyone attempting to sell items in this way should contact Police Scotland on 101.
“Anyone who has already fallen victim to this and who has purchased one of the chainsaws or generators should contact Argyll and Bute Council’s Trading Standards team on 01546 604287. Do not attempt to use the items as their safety cannot be guaranteed.”