Issued By
Northumberland County Council


COUNCIL ISSUES "COWBOY BUILDERS" WARNING

 

NORTHUMBERLAND County Council  Trading Standards Watchdogs and Northumbria Police today issued an urgent warning to householders to be wary of any traders calling at their home offering to carry out building work.

This follows a number of instances in the Cramlington area where elderly, vulnerable residents have been conned out of large sums of money in return for shoddy, substandard repairs to their properties.

County Trading Standards Officer, Mick King said: “Think before you agree to employ an unexpected caller to carry out any work for you.  If you have any doubts at all then just say “No thank you” and close the door.  If the caller refuses to leave, dial 999 and ask for the Police.”

Inspector Alan Brown of Northumbria Police advises householders to adopt some simple security measures.

“Fix a security chain to your door, and make sure you use it every time someone calls and never let a caller into your home if you are at all suspicious of them,” he said. “If so, contact your local police station.

“There have been people operating in the area whose work is substandard, but unless we get to know about it, we can’t assist.”

 

Further information is available from:

Nic Outterside, Press Officer, Northumberland County Council

Tel: 01670 534251

Email: noutterside@northumberland.gov.uk