May 23, 2009
arrests in Burnham-On-Sea during crackdown on rogue traders
in Burnham-On-Sea arrested two people during a crackdown on rogue
traders earlier this week.
were out in force across Somerset and the initiative was part
of a nationwide Rogue Trader Day, when the police and other agencies
worked together to tackle doorstep criminals.
trading has many forms, but often involves people falsely claiming
that urgent work is needed on a property, leaving work unfinished
and intimidating people into handing over money.
the Burnham-On-Sea area, six police personnel and three trading
standards officers took part in the day of action.
total, 10 trading standards offences were uncovered and 19 vehicles
were stopped and checked. Local officers also visited local banks
and building societies, where they reminded cashiers to be alert
to vulnerable customers withdrawing unusually large sums of cash.
men were arrested in Burnham-On-Sea and subsequently cautioned
for fraud offences.
Damian Kearney said: "This day of action is a statement of
our intent to tackle rogue traders wherever they are in Avon and
Somerset. They often target the most vulnerable in our society
and we are united with our partners in our desire to stamp this
key aim of the day was also to educate people about how to spot
and avoid rogue traders. Safer Stronger Neighbourhood Teams handed
out leaflets and visited vulnerable members of their communities
in their homes to speak to them about rogue traders.
are police officers
speaking to a genuine trader during this week's operation