Warning about rogue traders after crooks target elderly man

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People are being urged to be wary of rogue traders after cold callers tried to charge an elderly man £6,500 for two jobs on his roof.

The 73-year-old, who lives alone, was cold called at his Wollaton home at the start of September by men who said they were working across the road and noticed that some tiles on his roof needed attention.

The men replaced some ridge tiles and felting, and their victim paid them £2,500 for the work.

They returned on Friday, September 15, and told the man they were checking on his roof after Storm Aileen battered the area with gusts of up to 75mph.

The pair said they would clean the roof and remove the moss - a job they said would cost £4,000.

They were on the man's roof when he called Trading Standards, and a team went out to his house.

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: "The perpetrators were spoken to, and advised that they would be getting no further monies from the victim.

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"We issued a protection from harassment notice, which basically means that they are not allowed to make any further contact with the victim.

"Our intervention at that time prevented the victim from handing over any more cash to them, and our investigation is ongoing."

Peter Shaw, director of Peter Shaw Roofing Ltd - which is accredited by the council's Trading Standards team - told the Post each company's costs are different but described the prices quoted by the cold callers as "absolutely disgusting".

He said: "Anyone who knocks on the door is a 'no' straight away. You don't know who they are, you don't know where they're from.

"Always get a written estimate and never accept the work unless it's in writing. Check once you've received the estimate they are in associations, such as Check A Trade or The Guild of Master Craftsmen."

Councillor Toby Neal, portfolio holder for communities and customer services at Nottingham City Council, also urged residents to be cautious.

He said: "Rogue traders often prey on vulnerable people and we will investigate all such incidents and will take action, including prosecution, where appropriate.

"Common things to look for are poor standards of work, asking for all or most of the money before the job is started, asking to be paid in cash, and an amount of payment to be made against work still being done.

"We urged residents to be cautious and to be especially careful of people who turn up unannounced and offer to carry out building or roofing work."

Anyone with any concerns can contact Trading Standards on 0345 404 0506.