Inspector Christine Busuttil says the police are leading a crackdown on rogue traders

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The Stop Rogue Traders campaign is ajoint initiative from Nottingham City Trading Standards and Nottinghamshire Police.

Officers from both agencies are working together working together in partnership to prevent residents from becoming victims of doorstep crime.

It is also designed to gather intelligence and to take enforcement action on those specifically targeting vulnerable consumers.

Within the first week a number of individuals have been identified. People have bought goods and services at the door, such as having roofing repairs or gardening done, only to then find that either the work was not carried out or done to a very poor standard.

Many had been vastly overcharged for the work undertaken, and not received any paperwork or a contract—which should include a 14-day cooling off period.

A number of traders have been spoken to across the city, including Bulwell, leading to an arrest. Further enquires are being undertaken with a number of companies operating within the area.

Remember don’t buy or engage with traders at the door, and always get three quotes prior to work being carried out.

Many traders that we have stopped were carrying glossy flyers for advertisement, including professional websites and were wearing matching uniforms to help convince you.

Unfortunately there is often no way of differentiating between legitimate and rogue traders, but for an approved list visit www.BuyWithConfidence.co.uk

For consumer advice on products or services, call Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 03454 040506.