A cold caller who tried to carry out unnecessary work to an elderly couple’s property to the tune of £28,000 was found guilty last month to 3 offences under Consumer Protection laws has now been sentenced.

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Laurence Newberry was given 12 months per offence (3 in total) suspended for 18 months.

  • ordered to pay £1000 compensation to be paid to the elderly couple
  • 300 hours community service
  • Criminal Behaviour Order for 5 years to prevent him from cold calling by phone/in person across the UK
  • £2500 costs awarded

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “This sentence sends a clear message to those who prey on elderly people that this sort of behaviour will not be accepted and Trading Standards and the courts will do everything in their power to ensure they are brought to justice and punished. It is also great to see the court using its powers to impose a criminal behaviour order and control future conduct. If this offender is caught knocking on doors, regardless of his motive, anywhere in the UK in the next five years he risks a prison sentence for contempt of court”

Advice from Trading Standards: “If you think you might need work doing, find reputable traders and obtain a few quotes before agreeing to get work done. Check when and how payment will be made. Use recommendations and make sure you have the full details of any business before you commit to work. If you are unsure get help from friends or family. Never agree to work offered by cold callers on the doorstep”

If you see anything suspicious or you want to report an incident call:

Police on 101

Or Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 03454 040506.

See the original story below:

Don’t fall prey to cold callers

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