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Beware Rogue Roofers Fixing Storm 'Damage'

People who have had their roofs damaged by the recent storms are being warned not to fall victim to dodgy doorstep rogues offering to carry out repairs.

Trading Standards officers in Warwickshire are warning people not to be caught out by doorstep visitors offering to replace lost tiles or mend damaged guttering.

They are expecting rogue traders to take advantage of the poor weather conditions and consequent damage to homes - whether real or simply made up - in the coming weeks.

Officers say it is their experience that those who do employ roofing rogues will often end up paying far more than they should have to, including paying for work which is not needed.

Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire Trading Standards said:

"There is nothing amateurish about these rogue traders. They will appear to be professionals, but don't expect a professional job!

“These rogues charge high prices for poor workmanship and make the elderly and vulnerable their targets."

Trading Standards Officers are advising Warwickshire people to shut their doors on rogue traders, and to alert elderly and vulnerable friends, family and neighbours to the problem.

Those requiring building work should seek quotes from local reputable businesses with reputations to maintain, and if possible, go for someone who is recommended to them.

Confidential help and advice on this and any other trading standards issue is available on 01926 414000.

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