Chainsaws and generators being sold across Argyll and Bute could be dangerous, residents have been warned.
The council’s trading standards team have been working with police following reports of men selling petrol chainsaws and generators from vans in towns.
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 spokesperson 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.
“Do not attempt to use the items as their safety cannot be guaranteed.”
Anyone who has bought one of the chainsaws or generators should contact trading standards on 01546 604287.