Warning over dodgy workmen after storms

RESIDENTS should be wary of rogue traders in the aftermath of the recent wind and rain, say West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

A trail of destruction was left around Calderdale and elsewhere by the severe weather earlier this week.

Elland Coun Conrad Winterburn, who is also deputy chairman of the trading standards committee, said: “Although door-to-door canvassing is not illegal, we should be extra alert to what is happening in our communities.

“By being on the look-out for people who may be offering work and services on our streets, we can stop people we know from becoming victims of rogue traders.

“We each have a role to play to prevent our families, friends and neighbours from being the successful targets of the rogue traders looking to make quick and easy money.”

Chief officer Graham Hebblethwaite, said: “Previous years have demonstrated that whilst rogue traders operate throughout the year, there is likely to be an increase in the numbers operating now to carry out roofing work.

“Typical scams include claims that tiles or chimneys are loose and dangerous, or that leaks will occur and damage properties.

“Large sums of money are also charged for small amounts of gardening work, to clear away leaves, shrubs and trees following unsettled weather.”

Over the past two months, Consumer Direct in Yorkshire, has received over 700 complaints relating to home improvements with roofing and insulation work amongst common complaints.