Trading Standards warns over cowboy traders in Northamptonshire following aftermath of Storm Doris

Trading Standards warns over bogus cowboy builders and traders in the aftermath of Storm Doris
Trading Standards warns over bogus cowboy builders and traders in the aftermath of Storm Doris

Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards department is issuing a warning for people to beware of bogus cold callers in the wake of Storm Doris.

In the likelihood of damage caused by the bad weather, trading standards has warned that rogue traders could use the stormy weather as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property – such as repairing loose roof tiles or removing damaged trees.

The advice is that if people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their community, to contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN).

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for public protection, said: “The advice of trading standards is not to buy goods or services from a cold caller on your doorstep, even if they try and frighten you that the work needs doing immediately.

“If you do need work carried out around your home or garden, trading standards operates an approved trader scheme. There is also the Government-backed Trust Mark scheme.

“It’s always worth checking with your house insurance company first, as in some policies there is emergency assistance support already included.”

To call the Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) number, ring 0345 23 07 702.