Rooting out the rogue traders in Bulwell Forest

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A Bulwell Forest pensioner who sent a gang of rogue traders packing has lent her support to a scheme aimed at cracking down on criminals who prey upon the elderly.

72-year-old Christine Johnson was doing some gardening outside her Dunvegan Drive home last month when she was approached by three men who claimed to be working at a house over the road and offered to replace some broken tiles on her roof.

Mrs Johnson said: “I told him I hadn’t got any broken tiles.’ He said - ‘You can’t really see them from here.’

“I knew that none of my tiles were broken and said that he couldn’t be working across the road because a builder lives there!”

The men sheepishly left, but Mrs Johnson says they left behind fliers which gave them the appearance of being legitimate.

She added: “It happens so often and they target the elderly. They drive around looking for victims.”

Councillor Alan Clark, who represents Bulwell Forest, wants to raise awareness of rogue traders following a number of recent cases where elderly people have been deceived into parting with money for sub-standard or unnecessary work.

He said: “Trading Standards are willing to make a visit to traders as they are working to check their legitimacy and their paperwork such as contracts and to check that the customer really wants and needs the work. Genuine traders will not mind this.

“You may well know elderly neighbours who could be vulnerable to these approaches, so please look out for any work they might be having done that you think might be unnecessary.”

To report a trader involved in doorstep crime, please ring Trading Standards or the Police on 999 with information about the address or area where the trader is working, a description of the trader, vehicle and registration, and the type of work being carried out.

If you think you or your neighbours need work doing, please use the Buy With Confidence Scheme, the local; approved trader scheme run by Trading Standards by calling Consumer Direct on 03454 040506.