Hertfordshire police tackle rogue traders in Hatfield day of action

PUBLISHED: 12:39 20 October 2011

A Hertfordshire Police officer chats with a lorry driver.

A Hertfordshire Police officer chats with a lorry driver.

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OFFICERS were out in force in Hatfield yesterday (Wednesday), during an overt operation to tackle rogue traders travelling through Hertfordshire.

A national day of action against potential rogues saw officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary and Trading Standards team up at the weighbridge off Comet Way, to inspect passing lorries and vans for signs of dodgy dealing.

The day was part of a week-long initiative aimed at tackling the rising level of doorstep fraud taking place across the country, including Hertfordshire.

Detective Inspector Gerry McDonald, head of Operation Manhunt – the force’s designated team tackling distraction burglaries and fraud – said that while distraction burglaries had dramatically decreased in the past year, rogue trading was on the rise.

He gave a recent example where an elderly resident was charged £9,256 for painting a garage door.

Embarrassed, the resident paid the trader.

“We have a commitment in Hertfordshire to stop this happening,” Mr McDonald said. “And we are doing all we can to stop it.

“This is an overt message to dodgy traders; if you are a rogue trader and you come into Hertfordshire, we will deal with you substantially.”


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