ROGUE traders were stopped in their tracks in Crowborough recently thanks to excellent work from Wealden police and the local Neighbourhood Watch.
PCSO Chris Harrison was made aware of some builders in the area cold calling for work. After making the local NHW aware, Wealden police received a number of calls regarding this matter.
They found out that at least two householders had parted with money and one had agreed to have a roof replaced.
Wealden Police contacted East Sussex Trading Standards who visited the properties. Trading standards decided that a number of offences had been committed by the builders, including not allowing a seven-day cooling off period for the residents and charging for work which hadn’t actually been undertaken.
In association with the County Council’s Trading Standards team, Wealden Police have arrested one man for questioning and investigations are ongoing.
Trading Standards are appealing for information from anyone who has recently been cold called or agreed to having roofing work done as a result. Anyone with information should contact Trading Standards on: 01323 463430.
Chief Inspector Dick Coates said: “This is an excellent example of communities coming together under Neighbourhood Watch and making an impact. Without the calls being made to us by local people builders may have carried on for a lot longer.”
Wealden police are working alongside Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators to allow them to give more help and information to their communities.
If you would like to be part of Neighbourhood Watch speak to your local officer who will be able to help. Police say people should use reputable companies when they want building work done.
A booklet called Buy with Confidence lists businesses that have been checked by Trading Standards. This is available at police stations and libraries.