Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 at 08:55:40
Filed under: Lymm, Crime
A rogue trader carried out unauthorised work in a pensioner's garden in Lymm before demanding £600.
Salus Evergreen Jones, aged 35, of Two Acre Park, Walton, has been successfully prosecuted by Warrington Trading Standards.
Warrington Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday how Jones visited the 75-year-old man's home in Lymm on March 17 this year when he worked on trees and 'pressured' the victim iot handing over a cheque for £600.
The defendant returned a week later, and claimed to have carried out more work, but was told to leave. Jones provided false contact details to the victim.
Following a report from a concerned resident, the incidents were investigated by Trading Standards. Officers were able to trace the cheque written by the victim to identify and locate Jones.
A refund of £600 was ordered, and a fine and costs of £820 was imposed by magistrates. Jones has been recalled to prison as he was on licence at the time of the offence.
Following the hearing, Peter Astley, assistant director for regulation and public protection at the council, said: “Traders who use aggressive practices prey on the vulnerable will not be tolerated in Warrington and we will do whatever we can to curb this despicable crime."
Tags: roguem, trader