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Checkatrade News - June 2011

Jun
29
2011

New housing registrations up in the South

New-build housing registrations in the Southern regions of the UK have nearly doubled over the last three months, according to a new report. The figures, cited by Construction Enquirer and published by the National House-Building Council (NHBC),...
Jun
27
2011

Cowboy trader gets comeuppance

A man who made more than £2 million through deceitful practices and unlawful trading has been jailed for more than two years, reports norfolk.police.uk. Tony Gray, 56, also faces a £700,000 repayment bill as the rogue trader tastes the...
Jun
27
2011

Cowboy builder "ruined" families' homes

A cowboy builder operating in Wolverhampton has once again proven the benefits of hiring only trusted tradesmen to undertake building work. Carl Greaves allegedly "ruined" two families homes, according to Bcancerguide.com. Reports revealed...
Jun
24
2011

Rogue trader faces £140,000 bill

A rogue trader has had a taste of his own medicine after being told to pay back £140,000 to his victims or face another two years in prison. Construction Enquirer reports Darryl Sylvester Glynn, 46, was previously sentenced to...
Jun
24
2011

Rogue traders turning to solar ripoff schemes

Thrifty rogue traders are turning their attentions to the growing popularity of solar power in a bid to rip off the vulnerable and elderly, reports DailyMail.co.uk. Consumer group Which? has uncovered an ongoing swindle by a number of solar panel...
Jun
22
2011

"Unprecedented" growth in rogue traders

The amount of rogue traders in Britain has significantly risen thanks to the recession, a new study claims. A report from Citizen Advice has claimed that the current financial climate has led to an "unprecedented rise" in conmen looking to...
Jun
21
2011

North Wales residents alerted over spike in rogue trading

A rise in the number of complaints about rogue traders has sparked a neighbourhood watch scheme to speak out, reports Leader Live. False roofing work has been the main focus of complaints as residents in the Chirk area of North Wales are getting...
Jun
20
2011

Rogue trader jailed for bullying elderly victims

The boss of a paving firm who deliberately targeted and exploited vulnerable people has been jailed for three years and four months. Jim Coffey of Almondsbury in Bristol, director of Interlock Drives, and his employees cold-called their...
Jun
20
2011

Eccleshill sets up 'no cold calling' zones

Eccleshill is the latest town to put measures in place to try to reduce the numbers of cold callers operating in the area. Following a spate of doorstep-traders turning up and ripping local residents off, local councillors have put in place...
Jun
20
2011

Trading Standards warns consumers about its impending budget cut

The head of the Trading Standards has warned that its huge budget cuts may prove fertile ground for rogue traders. Ron Gainsford, chief executive of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), explained in The Independent that its cut in...
Jun
17
2011

Wiltshire man prosecuted over faulty gas work

A lesson in hiring qualified, recommended tradesmen was learnt in Wiltshire, after an unlicensed man was ordered to carry out community service for illegally working on a gas boiler. Graham Nicholls, who is not a Gas Safe registered professional,...
Jun
16
2011

Gardeners rescue a Surrey mess

A crack team of gardeners came to the rescue of a Surrey resident who was left with a bare-lawn after entrusting a rogue trader for help. The 57-year-old Stoneleigh resident, who did not want to be named, called in a gardener to weed the...
Jun
14
2011

95-year-old woman victim of distraction burglary

A 95-year-old woman has been burgled by thieves posing as labourers. The elderly woman from Farnworth was fooled by a rogue trader who told her that he was doing some work for her neighbours, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Jun
14
2011

90-year-old woman charged £600 to replace two roof tiles

Police are on the lookout for rogue traders who charged a 90-year-old woman £600 to replace two roof tiles. The three conmen knocked on the door of the elderly woman's Salisbury home and convinced her it was vital that the work was...
Jun
13
2011

Rogue builder destroys family home then makes off with the kitchen sink

A rogue builder has ransacked a family home stealing everything, even the kitchen sink. Donna Hamilton of Radford in Coventry took on the builder to undertake renovations in her rented home.
Jun
13
2011

Imprisoned rogue trader could be forced to pay victims back

A serial conman who swindled hundreds of thousands of pounds from vulnerable pensioners has been warned he could have to pay the whole lot back. Derek Hepple, from Kingsway, Houghton, ran a burglar alarm company and specifically targeted old...
Jun
13
2011

Unscrupulous trader fined for tipping

A Westbury builder has been fined £1,650 for illegally dumping waste in a Wiltshire beauty spot, This is Wiltshire reports. John Thompson was found guilty of fly-tipping and flouting his duty of care under the Environmental Protection...
Jun
8
2011

Public land sell-offs announced

Ministers have said more than 100,000 homes and thousands of jobs will be created through the sale of public land, BBC News reports. Sites already earmarked for new developments include three Ministry of Defence sites in Bath, a former hospital...
Jun
7
2011

Gas Safe Register warns of cowboys illegally using its logo

The Gas Safety Register has issued a warning to homeowners over unscrupulous traders. Research carried out by the company suggests that as many as 50 per cent of pensioners have been targeted by rogue traders on their doorstep.
Jun
7
2011

Police operation specifically targets rogue traders

A police operation set up using officers from numerous different forces has been hailed a success. 'Operation Bombay' - which features ten officers drafted in from Durham, Northumbria and Cleveland police forces - has seen 90 arrests made...
Jun
6
2011

Sex line conman builder jailed

A man who defrauded an 86-year-old deaf pensioner has been sentenced to eight months in prison, the Littlehampton Gazette confirmed. Worthing Magistrates made the ruling after hearing how John Redington of East Preston, near Brighton, had...
Jun
6
2011

Pensioner left out of pocket by rogues

A woman from North Lincolnshire has been left £1,200 out of pocket by rogue builders. Cindy Hitchcock of Roxby thought she was getting a good deal when cowboy builders turned up at her door and offered work at a low cost.
Jun
6
2011

"No Cold Calling" zones established in Lancashire

Two towns in Pendle are taking a hard line or rogue traders in a bid to drive them from the area. Nelson and Brierfield are trialling a scheme whereas anyone found trading door-to-door will be fined £1000 unless they have a valid Street...
Jun
3
2011

4G introduction could scramble TV signals

The next generation of high speed internet for mobile phones, 4G, could disrupt digital television signals when it launches in 2013, Ofcom warn. The communications watchdog have set out proposals to lessen the chances of the two digital...
Jun
2
2011

Faulty boiler leads to manslaughter charge

A gas fitter has been charged with the manslaughter of a Bath woman - who allegedly died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler. Previously, it was thought that Zoe Anderson, 24, died from a head injury when falling in...
Jun
2
2011

Rogue builder damages property then charges for its repair

Police in Burnley have warned homeowners to be wary of traders charging for work then not even undertaking it. The calls come after an 88 year old woman was approached on her doorstep by a man claiming to be a builder.
Jun
2
2011

One in seven gas projects undertaken illegally

The Gas Safe Register has warned homeowners of the dangers of employing illegal gas fitters. It is against the law for a tradesperson to undertake work with gas if they are not fully registered and qualified.
Jun
1
2011

Scottish residents urged to "be vigilant" when taking on traders

Following heavy storms in Scotland, councillors and trading standards officers have urged locals to look for recommended builders to undertake their repair work or face costly repercussions. Following harsh storms, many houses in the Midlothian...
Jun
1
2011

Police warn residents following doorstep scams

Tyneside pensioners have been warned to be on guard after one OAP was conned out of £1000 by rogue traders. Four men were involved in a doorstep scam involving an unnamed 88 year old man.