Big storm: Rogue traders could target those whose homes were storm damaged

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People in Suffolk are being urged to stay cautious of traders going door-to-door offering to carry out garden and building maintenance in the wake of the storm.

According to Suffolk Trading Standards, reports of rogue traders, cowboy builders and doorstep callers tricking people into paying high prices for unnecessary or shoddy work were causing concern.

The organisation also warned that the cons could involve thousands of pounds and often targeted vulnerable residents.

Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “No one should feel pressured into making a rash buying decision. If in doubt always think twice and get a second opinion.

“People should be extra vigilant about any trader who approaches them about carrying out repair or maintenance work on their home or garden following yesterday’s storm. Often rogue traders are opportunists and will see this as a chance to target vulnerable, often elderly people.”

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Anyone concerned about rogue traders should call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 040506.

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