Rogue traders warning following prosecution

Published Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Residents are being warned about rogue traders and to be on their guard in the run up to Christmas.

The news follows the prosecution of Simon King a plumber from Orchard Avenue, Croydon, at Croydon Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud by false representation and was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment on each of the 10 counts to be served concurrently, suspended for 2 years. A curfew was also imposed for 6 months and he would be electronically monitored between 8pm and 8am.

Councillor Kate Lymer, SCAMbassador and Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous individuals out there prepared to rip people off – even though they work for reputable companies. We will always investigate and seek justice for consumers but remember, whatever work you’re thinking of having done, search our website first for reputable traders in your area – www.bromley.gov.uk/checkatrade

Residents looking for reputable traders to carry out work are advised to visit the council’s website www.bromley.gov.uk/checkatrade where the tradesmen listed have been verified by Bromley Trading Standards. However, residents’ should still make their own checks and ask to see relevant qualifications and documentation from the contractor before accepting a quote.

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Notes to editors:

  • Simon King was sentenced on 6 December 2018 at Croydon Crown Court.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk