Rogue traders targeted in joint operation

Posted on: 18 April 2016

Rogue traders were targeted by police and Trading Standards officers in a joint operation in Barnstaple on Friday (April 15).

As part of National Rogue Trader week, Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Trading Standards, along with staff from the Environment Agency, staged a series of vehicle checks stopping vans, flat-beds and other commercial vehicles.

Throughout the day 24 vehicles were checked for roadworthiness, as well as checking documentation and driver details.

Officers issued warnings for various offences such as driving without insurance, illegal tyres and defectives lights.  Trading Standards and the Environment Agency also offered roadside advice to businesses when required.

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards is also hosting a number of events aimed at raising awareness of doorstep crime within local communities.

Working alongside the police, they will be in supermarkets and local markets to offer advice on how to avoid falling victim to rogue traders and scammers.

Events will be held on:

Monday 18th April at Tesco, Seaton from 11am
Tuesday 19th April at Barnstaple Market from 10am
Thursday 21st April at Tesco, Exeter Vale Retail Park from 10am

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the trading standards service, said:
Cllr Roger Croad
“Rogue traders have a serious and detrimental effect on the victims who are often targeted and re-targeted by offenders.

“It is important to not only exercise caution on your own doorstep, but also look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours, family and friends, to prevent them falling victim.”

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the service, said:
Cllr David Hall
“If you are considering having work done at home, please remember that we recommend you should always obtain three quotes from reputable businesses that come recommended, either by friends or via

“If someone knocks on your door that you do  not recognise, and you were not expecting anyone, do not answer the door, unless you feel comfortable to do so.”

Suspicious activity can be reported to the Police on 101 or to Trading Standards on 03454040506.

To learn more about scams and doorstep crime CLICK HERE take our short scams awareness training session.

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