Rogue roofer receives suspended prison sentence

Roofer, Mark Davies, 30, of Lanivet, Bodmin was sentenced at Bodmin Magistrates yesterday for offences under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 and the Consumer Protection for Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

In June 2017, Davies, trading as AR Property Solutions, contracted with a couple in Saltash to replace the flat roof of their garage. Work was completed but the homeowners had issues with some of the work and requested that Davies put these matters right before they made payment.

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Believing that he had fitted the roof correctly, Davies took the law into his own hands and returned to the property; ripping off the roof and removing the materials that he had installed and causing further damage to the fabric of the garage.

The matter was initially reported to Devon and Cornwall Police, and then later passed to Cornwall Trading Standards for further investigation.

Davies pleaded guilty on 15 February 2018 and was sentenced yesterday (22 February 2018) to an 8 weeks custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months and 120 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge and full prosecution costs of £1485.

Leanne McLean, Lead Officer Doorstep Crime said, “Consumers have a legal right that work done by traders is of satisfactory quality. Where this is not the case, they have a variety of legal remedies available to them, including repair. Irrespective of whether Davies felt that the work had been completed properly, there are correct and reasonable processes to follow when dealing with such disputes. By forcibly removing the roof and causing further damage, he has committed a serious criminal offence. No professional business would have behaved in the manner in which Davies did.”

Sue James, Councillor for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said, “This is another excellent result for our Trading Standards team and is another example of effective partnership working with Devon & Cornwall Police. Thankfully the behaviour of the trader in this incident does not reflect the majority of our professional businesses in Cornwall. It does however, highlight the need for schemes such as our “Buy With Confidence” trading standards approval scheme, giving genuine businesses a way to demonstrate their commitment to trading fairly.”

Anyone who believes they have been victim of a rogue trader should report the matter to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Service on 03454 040506.

Buy With Confidence is a trader approval scheme run by Trading Standards. Consumers can access the list of approved traders by visiting www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or calling 01208 893133.

Story posted 23 February 2018