May 22, 2008
police arrest cold caller in town
police have this week arrested a 22-year-old man from Coventry
on suspicion of offences related to cold calling in the town.
Tuesday (May 20th) the man was arrested when Burnham PCSO Andy
Dancy, pictured, noticed him acting suspiciously by dropping leaflets
through local residents' doors. He subsequently received a formal
caution for 'fraud by false representation'.
Dancy told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We would like residents to
remain vigilant against cold callers and keep an eye out on behalf
of vulnerable neighbours."
advise that you don't have any work carried out by cold callers
and obtain at least three quotes from three different companies.
Ask family and friends for recommendations and be aware of some
of the offences that rogue traders often commit."
is an offence to not give a written quote if work costs over £35;
not have the business name and address on paperwork; not give
a week for potential clients to reflect on whether they want to
the work to be carried out; imply work needs to be carried out
when it doesn't; and not carry out the work that they claim to