Safety warning over ‘hoverboard’ items

Christmas shoppers in Northumberland are being warned of a number of safety concerns with popular self-balancing scooters, or ‘hoverboards’, which can pose a serious fire risk.

Customers are being urged to check their devices following tests that found faulty electrics are putting users at risk.

Of the 17,000 ‘hoverboards’ examined by National Trading Standards since October, 88 per cent were deemed unsafe and have been detained due to a range of concerns.

Philip Soderquest, head of public protection at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are urging consumers to be on their guard when purchasing these products and to report any devices they suspect to be dangerous by contacting Citizens Advice on 03454 040506.”

Meanwhile, the authority has announced that there will be no change to bin collection days in Northumberland over the festive period.

Collections will take place right up to Christmas Eve and they will resume again from Monday, December 28 to Thursday, December 31.