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Crackdown on rogue traders as 29 handed warnings in one day

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 October 2018

Nearly 30 rogue traders were slapped with warnings in Lowestoft over just one day in a bid to stamp out doorstep crime and underhand trading practices.

Suffolk Police teamed up with Suffolk and Norfolk Trading Standards for a week of action as part of Operation Rogue Trader.

This included a day of action in Lowestoft where 29 traders were handed guidance notes and more than 40 vehicles were stopped.

Authorities used previously gathered information to target aggressive doorstep sellers and reminded them of their responsibilities.

Each notice was logged, so should the traders be reported for a future offence there will be evidence they had previously received advice.

Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “It’s crucial to raise awareness of doorstep crime and help prevent innocent people from falling victim to these criminals.

This campaign provides a platform to educate people and put a stop to doorstep crime in our communities. It was another successful example of collaboration between Trading Standards and the police.”

The teamwork of the police, council and Trading Standards was also praised by Sergeant Julian Ditcham of the Roads and Arms Policing Team.

He said: “The joint enforcement day in Lowestoft proved what we can achieve when we work with our partners.

“By sharing our combined knowledge, we are able to deal with rogue traders who take advantage of vulnerable members of our community, and we will take action where any offences are being committed.”

Operation Rogue Trader is a national multi-agency campaign coordinated by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) with Liberal, the Police National Intelligence Unit.

During last year’s campaign 1,806 people were stopped and seared, 87 arrests were made with 871 offences recorded and more than £40,000 worth of property was seized.

It allows authorities to proactively target criminal behaviour and raise awareness amongst the most vulnerable groups.

A Liberal spokesman added: “Rogue traders tend to be involved in a number of illegal activities and working with multiple agencies means we can seriously obstruct criminals and get them off the streets.”

If you suspect someone of being a rogue trader, or find yourself accosted by uninvited doorstep sellers, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.

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