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Liverpool residents warned to use trusted tradesmen

By William Hobson, on 28 September 2010

Trading Standards officers have warned residents in Liverpool and the Merseyside to ensure that they use trusted tradesmen for work after a local pensioner was targeted by cowboy builders.

The Liverpool Echo reports that an 80-year man from Knowsley, Merseyside, was targeted by a group of rogue builders. A group of at least five men cold-called the elderly resident and began pressuring him to have work done on his house.

Concerned over their disreputable tactics, the OAP rang his local Trading Standards office for advice and assistance. Officers then stepped in, visiting the resident's house the following day.

Amazingly the group of supposed builders returned in two transit vans, set on beginning the unwanted work at the resident's home. The officers turned the five men away and are now investigating the incident.

Speaking to the Echo, Mike Harden of the borough council warned residents to be wary of any builders, plumbers or other tradesmen who cold call their home.

"Any traders who cold call at their home must provide paperwork letting them cancel," said Mr Harden. "You are entitled to a seven-day cooling off period in which you can cancel any contract above £35."

"Our residents should never feel under pressure in their own home to agreeing to work."

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