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Artificial Christmas tree warning

People are being warned about potentially dangerous artificial Christmas trees which are being sold from a warehouse in North Lincolnshire.

Trading standards officials said the trees were recalled by B&Q last year because of a safety issue with the control box.

Officials have received a tip-off the trees are being sold for 10 from a warehouse in Scunthorpe.

They urged anyone who has bought one to contact them.

Malcolm Osbourne, head of North Lincolnshire Council's Trading Standards, said: "The trees are potentially dangerous because they were recalled by B&Q because of a fault - the control box overheating, which could be a potential fire risk."

Mr Osbourne said B&Q had taken steps to safely dispose of the trees but it is believed they had subsequently fallen into the wrong hands.

The 6ft 6in, pre-lit 300 mains, multi-functional trees are packaged in a blue branded B&Q box.

Mr Osbourne said: "If people have bought one in last few months we would ask them to contact us and we will take the matter on from there."



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