Leicestershire Police join campaign to tackle rogue traders

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Issued on 12/10/18 at 4:00 a.m.

Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Trading Standards have carried out a week long campaign aimed at disrupting and stopping rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers.

‘Operation Rogue Trader’ has been running across the whole country this week (Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October) to target those people who choose to exploit their customers, often the elderly and vulnerable, by doing low quality or dangerous work often charging inflated prices and bullying or threatening customers into agreeing to the work.

Leicestershire’s campaign centred around an operation in the Market Harborough area on Wednesday (10 October). Officers carried out a series of checks on vehicles in partnership with trading standards and other agencies.

In total officers stopped 15 vehicles, one vehicle was seized for not having insurance/vehicle excise licence and the driver was reported for the offences, two further vehicles were issued with immediate prohibition notices for defective tyres.

PC Tony Bunker, who ran the operation, said: “Rogue Trader is really important for us, it sends out a clear message that we have a zero tolerance policy towards rogue trading and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

“We were able to seize a transit van for having no tax or insurance as well as a number of other motoring offences including a faulty fuel cap and a bald tyre. Working closely with the DVLA meant we were able to get this dangerous vehicle off the road.”

Councilor Nick Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “The success of this operation reinforces how we are working closely with Leicestershire police to ensure that rogue traders are not operating across Leicestershire.

"We have been out speaking to members of the public and carrying out roadside checks across the county to raise awareness with both consumers and businesses. We encourage anyone that may have any information on rogue traders operating in their area to contact Citizen’s Advice on 03454 040506.”

There was also an educational side to this operation; Police Community Support Officers have been leaflet dropping in local areas, providing the public with advice about what to look out for to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of rogue trading.

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