We have been advised by Essex Trading Standards that they have received three reports of roofers calling at homes, claiming to be from Trading Standards.
The callers are claiming that a roofer who recently carried out work is being investigated. The caller claims that they can carry out a survey of the resident’s roof and that they will be able to claim compensation as part of the investigation. They are then asking the resident for sums of around £2,000.
Trading Standards Officers are highly unlikely to visit a consumer’s home unless they have already been asked to by the consumer or a trusted friend or relative.
Trading Standards Officers will NEVER ask a resident for money.
There are certain precautions that can be taken to guard against doorstep callers:
- Fit and use a door security chain when you open the door.
- Check the identification of a caller by ringing their employer. Use the telephone number from your telephone book and not one they might supply.
- Do not let anyone to carry out work on your house until you get a second opinion and never agree to callers who say “we are only i the area today”.
- Never keep large sums of money in the house and keep purses out of sight, not near the door.
For further information or advice on consumer issues or rogue traders please use the following contacts:
Phone: 0345 4040 506
Email: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
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It is believed that hare coursing with dogs has been taking place within the parish. If you happen to see this activity, please call the police on 999 and state “A wild life crime is taking place”. You will be asked for the location of the crime. It would be helpful to the police to have the car registration number of the culprits. Do not however put yourself in a compromising or difficult position. Hare coursing with dogs is an illegal wildlife crime and a criminal offence.
105 is the new, free, number that people can call to report, or find out about, power cuts. You can also call 105 with any welfare concerns relating to a power cut or if you are worried about the condition of power cables or substations. The 105 number will put you directly through to your local electricity network provider to save time exploring who to contact in the event of a power cut.
For more information visit the uk power networks website
We have a small group of dedicated volunteers, to whom we are very grateful, to support to reduce speeding in our area, but would like to recruit more.
In addition to the Speedwatch sessions we also run speed monitoring sessions every 6 – 8 weeks using the SAM smiley/sad face equipment at various locations.
Although offenders get reported, the main objective is of general awareness and education.
To find out more about becoming a Speedwatch volunteer, please contact George Hayes, Co-ordinator on 01362 860922 or e-mail:email@example.com