‘Day of action’ as traders are checked out

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SIX Rugby traders have been investigated by trading standards to check they are genuine as part of a county-wide crackdown in conjunction with police.

A number of traders working across Warwickshire were checked out and offered advice in a day of action on Thursday last week carried out by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service with the support of Warwickshire Police.

Businesses involved in a variety of traders including building, home and garden maintenance and driveway paving work were approached and trading standards officers wanted to know if their claims to be members of professional bodies were genuine and if they were giving customers their seven days cancellation rights.

Officers spoke to a range of businesses, the majority operating legitimately and in 29 cases were able to advise traders where they discovered problems. Six traders were investigated in Rugby.

Issues included attempts by some traders to illegally remove a consumer’s rights to cancel and the display of roadside advertisements, which were all removed. Further investigations are now being undertaken in to some of the businesses approached.

Warwickshire county Cllr Richard Hobbs, portfolio holder for community protection said: “We are delighted to have taken part in this regional initiative to support homeowners and genuine businesses.”

For advice on what to do if you’re approached by someone offering to carry out reparis and maintenance to your home or garden, visit the trading Ssandards website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams. Alternatively call 08454 040506.