Second major conviction for Bristol doorstep crime team in two days
Added: 28 - 02 - 2011
For the second day running the Bristol doorstep crime have successfully prosecuted rogue traders who were making their clients` lives a misery.
James Christopher Ward and Thomas Sykes pleaded guilty to two offences under trading regulations and Sykes also pleaded guilty to fraud.
James Ward was ordered to pay a total of Â£780 in fines and compensation. Thomas Sykes will be sentenced next month. This follows the conviction of driveway contractor Tony Coffey for fraud on Tuesday.
Both offenders who are from Chippenham offered to do some gardening work for a woman in Knowle. The clients breached the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations by starting the work before a contract had been agreed.
They then continuously harassed the woman, who is disabled, for payment. She had to resort to pawning her jewellery to pay money to them and has suffered from stress since.
â€œThis is another example of very unscrupulous men taking advantage of vulnerable people. We cannot warn people enough not to agree to work on the doorstep and without a written contract,â€ said Jon Martin, Principal Trading Standards Office.
The case was brought following an investigation by the Bristol Doorstep Crime Team â€“ made up of Bristol City Council`s Trading Standards staff and Avon & Somerset Police working together as a single team. The team is proving highly effective in jointly tackling the problem of rogue traders and distraction burglars.