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Rogue trader warning in East Lancashire

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Published by Laura Pratt at 7:31am 28th October 2018

Alerts have been issued by Trading Standards in Lancashire about rogue traders.

We've been given tips after reports of several in East Lancashire.

Here's what they're warning us about locally;

- Cold-calling drive resurfacing firms in Clitheroe - traders have been cold-calling residents offering to resurface their drives.
They try to convince people they are legitimate by telling them that they are carrying out work in the area and offering a full guarantee.
- Bogus gardeners in Bacup. Cold-callers have been offering gardening services in the area, but when work is done, it is very poor quality or unfinished.
Branches, leaves and other waste have been left lying around.
- Pushy doorstep sellers in the Ribble Valley - there have been reports of doorstep sellers operating in no cold-calling zones along the A59 in the Ribble Valley.
Although not illegal, traders have been using aggressive tactics and arguing with potential customers. People are advised never to sign-up to services offered by cold-callers.

County Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of the county council, said:

"We'd always advise people never to sign-up for services offered by cold-callers.

"People should look out for their neighbours and say a polite 'no' at the door when cold-callers knock.

"It's easy to carry out research if you need any work doing on your home.

"One of the best ways to search for a reputable trader is to use our Safe Trader scheme, which can help you find approved traders in your area."

National Rogue Trader Week was held between 8 and 12 October and the county council's Trading Standards team worked alongside VOSA and the police to carry out roadside checks in East Lancashire.

Trading Standards officers advised 41 traders offering domestic property repairs about legislation they need to adhere to when signing householders up to contracts in their own homes.

Police took action against seven vehicles, including two which were seized for non or inadequate insurance and one for being mechanically unsound.

A further 15 vehicles were given full DVSA inspection and given immediate prohibition or delayed notices.

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