December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
An alleged rogue trader has been charged with more than 35 offences which include work on driveways at 10 Ipswich properties.
The alleged victims of Thomas Doran are primarily said to be elderly.
Doran, of Gutteridge Hall Lane, Weeley, near Clacton-on-Sea, is to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday in relation to the charges.
The 37-year-old faces 36 allegations, which also include three homes in Essex. The total amount of money involved is understood to run into thousands of pounds.
All the accusations are said to have taken place over a 10-month period and relate to his directorship of a company named Clacton Reinforced Paving Ltd.
The charges were laid against Doran after an investigation by Suffolk County Council’s trading standards officers.
The alleged Ipswich offences are said to have taken place in the Gainsborough and Broke Hall areas.
Doran is accused of committing offences in Bridport Avenue, Gloucester Road, Landseer Road, Nacton Road, and Maryon Road.
He is also facing allegations involving Hillside Crescent in Holland-on-Sea, Birch Avenue in Great Bentley and Frinton Road in Kirby Cross.
Six of the charges relate to a trader being involved in an unfair commercial practice. These are said to involve an alleged claim that Doran was approved or endorsed by the Guild of Master Craftsman, which he was not.
Thirteen allege Doran was a trader involved in aggressive commercial practices.
The charges include allegations of insisting on payment for unsatisfactory work, taking someone to a bank to withdraw money, repeatedly asking for cash payments, and starting work before the end of a seven-day cancellation period.
A further eight alleged offences claim misleading omission by a trader which is said to involve a cancellation notice for work that was unclear, unintelligible, or ambiguous.
The remaining counts also relate to consumer protection offences.
The earliest allegation dates back to September 15, 2011, with the most recent said to have occurred on or about July 31, 2012.
In addition to the charges Doran his facing as an individual, Clacton Reinforced Paving Ltd - based at Doran’s home address - is also being prosecuted
Doran made his first appearance on the allegations before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich.
His case, and that of his company, were committed to crown court.
Doran is currently on unconditional bail until his hearing on Thursday.