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Bogus council contractor targets Gedling borough residents in driveway con

WARNING: Police say there has been increase in cold callers in Gedling South
WARNING: Trading Standards are urging residents to be cautious of a driveway conman calling at homes in the area.

A council is urging Gedling borough residents to be cautious of a conman posing as a council highway contractor and offering to resurface their driveway on the cheap.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team say they have received reports of a man approaching local people and falsely claiming to be working for Nottinghamshire County Council’s Highways Department.

Tim Watson, from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team, said: “Nottinghamshire County Council would never approach individual homes offering to carry out driveway maintenance work

“Trading standards never recommend employing a trader based on a cold call.

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“We would advise that any householder who is considering having work done to their property should get quotes from at least three companies before agreeing to go ahead with any work. Also speak to friends and relatives for recommendations.

“If you need work carrying out contact Checkatrade for details of trades people who have demonstrated their commitment to fair and honest trading.”

To report suspicious traders in the area, phone Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. If possible, please note any registrations or details of vehicles.

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