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Rogue Trader jailed for ripping off elderly South Cumbrian householder

A rogue roofer and property maintenance trader who is already serving a prison sentence for ripping off customers has had a further two months added to his sentence after making bogus representations and engaging in “aggressive” practices to an elderly South Cumbrian householder.

When he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing, Daniel Austin Ward, aged 36, trading as ‘Nu-Lids Roofing Contractors, Morecambe’ had already admitted charges of fraud, engaging as a trader in a commercial practice which was aggressive, and advertising misleading information.

Court papers reveal he provided a written quotation and pressured the elderly female victim to sign it in a hurry - unknowingly signing away her legal right to cancel. He also failed to disclose information which he was legally obliged to. He also pleaded guilty to engaging in aggressive practices.

Ward originally provided a quote for £1,650 for the completion of fitting new gutters and facia boards to the victim’s property, however the standard of the work carried out was very poor. During the course of this work, Ward aggressively demanded more money. The victim ended up paying £2,540. An independent Surveyor confirmed that the work was of such poor quality that it would have to be re-done in its entirety.

Cllr Celia Tibble, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said:

“This case should act as a warning to others. I am pleased to see that justice has been served for the aggressive and deceitful practices that this criminal pursued. The actions of rogue traders can have a significant financial and emotional impact on consumers, particularly the most vulnerable members of our communities. This result is testament to the hard work of the council’s Trading Standards team and I thank them for their efforts.

"Due to the nature of these crimes, Cumbria Trading Standards treat this work as a priority and work with partner agencies such as Cumbria Police to help raise awareness and tackle potential offenders."

If anyone thinks they have been a victim of a rogue trader, please contact Cumbria Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.

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