Rogue traders arrested after poor work at Staple Hill house
Published on: 02 May 2016
FOUR men have been arrested after carrying out sub-standard work at a hous in Staple Hill.
Police and Trading Standards officers went to the property following a report that suspected rogue traders were trying to obtain more cash from a householder who had already paid them for substandard work.
Officers attended and two men from Middlesex, a man from Watford and a fourth man of no fixed abode were arrested for Trading Standards offences. All four were later released on bail pending further enquiries.
The arrests come as part of a week of action against rogue traders throughout the Avon and Somerset area.
As well as carrying out stop checks and arrests, officers and PCSOs have been working with council Trading Standards teams and the community to spread doorstep crime prevention messages.
Across the force area officers:
• Carried out high visibility patrols in ‘No Cold Calling’ zones
• Delivered crime prevention to vulnerable members of the community
• Visited banks, building societies and Post Offices to remind staff how they can help their customers stay safe from doorstep crime
• Worked with Trading Standards officers and other partners such as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and council Waste Management officers, Environment Agency and Department of Work and Pensions to stop vans on main routes and speak to traders. More than 130 vehicles were stopped and 44 people known to police had their activity disrupted.
Detective Chief Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte, who oversaw the week of action, also held a webchat about the issue.
She said: “We want to help people feel confident about dealing with strangers on their doorstep. The most important message for anyone concerned about doorstep crime is ‘if you’re not sure, don’t open the door’.
“Everyone has a part to play - many of us have vulnerable elderly relatives, friends or neighbours and I would ask that you help us to help them stay safe.”