Beware conmen in bad weather scams


Doncaster Council is warning residents about rogue traders offering to repair storm damage.

Over the past two months, Consumer Direct in the region has received over 700 complaints about home improvements such as roofing, insulation and guttering work.

Trading Standards services are committed to tackling doorstep crime.

As well as prosecuting those responsible for scams, initiatives such as cold calling control zones are used to advise and protect vulnerable householders.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “Typical scams include claims that tiles or chimneys are loose and dangerous, or that leaks will occur and damage properties.

“Large sums of money are also charged for small amounts of gardening work, to clear away leaves, shrubs and trees following unsettled weather.

To report doorstep callers or for advice, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506