Rogue trader who targeted elderly Dinas Powys couple convicted
Published 6 January
Terry PriceFollowing a joint investigation with the Police, Trading Standards in the Vale of Glamorgan have secured a conviction against a rogue trader who targeted an elderly couple in Dinas Powys.
Terry Price, trading as 4 Seasons Home Improvements of 152 New Barns Ave, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4RG, visited a consumer in Dinas Powys and undertook some replacement guttering work, for which he was paid. A few weeks later he returned to the property and told the consumer there were problems to the roof tiles and that they needed urgent attention. The concerned consumer agreed to the work being done.
Price informed her that work had been done to replace cracked tiles and the felting underneath, and charged her £750. Subsequent examination by an expert found that no work had been done to the roof and that it was in good condition.
Officers from Trading Standards and South Wales Police conducted a joint investigation and on 16 December 2015 Price was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, was ordered to pay the victim £500 in compensation, ordered to pay costs of £3500 and a victim surcharge of £80.
Operational Manager for Shared Regulatory Services, Christina Hill, said: “We would urge consumers not to deal with unknown traders at the door. Always get a number of quotations for a job and don’t feel pressured into agreeing work straight away. Always report any suspicious activity to Trading Standards or South Wales Police. We work together to investigate any ‘doorstep crime’ offences and are committed to bringing offenders to justice.”