Six arrested on suspicion of rogue trading

PATROLLING police officers involved in a campdown on rogue traders arrested six people working on a house in Bury St Edmunds.

The arrests were made yesterday as part of Operation Seawolf, a new operation targeting rogue traders and distraction burglars.

The police say the men appeared to be carrying out brick paving work at the property.

Checks were carried out and the men – a 37-year-old from Cambridge, a 36-year-old from Cambridge, a 35-year-old from Peterborough, a 32-year-old from Huntingdon, a 23-year-old from Cambridge and a 23-year-old from Gloucester - were subsequently arrested.

Suffolk police and Suffolk Trading Standards are now carrying out a joint investigation into allegations that at least seven elderly residents in Bury were over charged for sub-standard work and that they were not given the appropriate and legally required paperwork.

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All six of those arrested have now been bailed to return to Bury police station on dates in September and October.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are reminding residents to be careful when dealing with doorstep callers and to always get several quotes from reputable firms before agreeing to have any work done.”

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