Cowboy builders rip off Merseyside consumers

Two Runcorn men duped elderly residents into paying upfront for building and glazing work, which they never carried out, Liverpool Crown Court heard. But because of a brain injury to a defendant, the judge’s sentencing powers for him were limited, despite some offences committed after the brain injury took place. In a case brought by Halton Borough Council, … Read more

Fighting fraudsters: Councils hit back during national scams awareness month

Cowboy roofers, bogus faith healers, fake parking ticket wardens and dodgy letting agents are among rogue traders and fraudsters being targeted by councils cracking down on scams. To mark National Scams Awareness Month, the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, is urging people to report all suspected … Read more

Warning about rogue roofers after cowboy builder jailed

Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is warning residents in West Lancashire to be on the lookout after a roofer was jailed for 18 months for work carried on properties across the North West, including two houses in Aughton. Steven Lee Snr, 52, of Bartle in Preston, appeared for sentencing at Preston Crown Court on … Read more