A business was intimidated into paying more than £6,000 in cash to rogue traders after they carried out work on the company's car park. 

Suffolk Trading Standards has received reports that businesses, including pubs, have been approached by individuals stating they are able to fill in pothole in the businesses' car park. 

One company agreed to the work, but found the traders covering their entire car park in tarmac. 

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The business owner approached the trader, who allegedly became aggressive, making threats and demanding £10,000 in cash for the work. 

A spokesman for Suffolk Trading Standards said: "Due to the fear and intimidation, the Suffolk business agreed to pay £6,500 in cash."

Another incident saw a pub landlord approached by rogue traders who claimed to be from the brewery. 

The landlord went to check on the work, and found the trader covering the car park in tarmac.

After inquiring about the work, the trader became aggressive and demanded £1,600 in cash.

"The landlord refused to pay but has since received intimidating telephone calls, with threats to return to dig up the car park," said a spokesman for Suffolk Trading Standards. 

It is believed incidents have been reported in Sudbury, Needham Market and Ixworth.

Suffolk police has been approached for more information.