13 May 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
News in brief
Tree care scam
Upper Norwood: A bogus tree presevationist is being hunted by police after trying to scam cash out of pensioners. The man, who is described as having an Irish accent, has been seen knocking at doors holding a card for "Affordable Tree Care" and driving a white van.
Police are warning residents to be wary of any door to door salesmen and only use tradesmen who have been recommended by a website such as Checkatrade.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.
Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.
PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ