arrested in Burnham-On-Sea during 'rogue trader' crackdown
man has been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea this week during a police
crackdown on 'rogue traders'.
were out in force across Somerset to tackle doorstep criminals
during National Rogue Trader Week.
a result of the activities, a trader was arrested in Burnham for
a Trading Standards offence that is being dealt with under the
say the man was caught in the act of working on a vulnerable,
older adult's house where he had charged an "unjustifiably
large sum of money" for carrying out a simple cleaning job
on the guttering of the house.
added that the trader had also failed to provide the householder
with a written quote and cancellation notice in advance of starting
the work, so fell foul of the regulations governing doorstep sales.
Ash Jones led the operation and is a member of the Senior Citizen
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Rogue trading concerns incidents
where residents have been 'cold called'. They include the practice
of deliberately overcharging for unsatisfactory goods or services;
charging for unnecessary work; damaging property deliberately,
leaving work unfinished and intimidating behaviour in order to
advise residents check the identity of any caller by telephoning
the company they say they are from. Use the telephone number in
your local directory or provided by your service provider. Ask
a neighbour or friend nearby to check out the caller before you
open the door or agree to have work done."
added: "Don't be pressurised into having work done on the
spot, never pay cash up front and never go to a bank or cash point
with a trader. If you suspect a rogue trader is at your door call
999 - if in doubt, keep them out."