Rogue trader prosecuted by Wirral Council trading standards
In a case brought by Wirral Council trading standards, Neil Walker of Borough Road, Birkenhead, admitted three charges of fraud at Wirral Magistrates Court.
District Judge Abelson heard that on January 20, 2013, trading then as ‘NW Plumbing, Professional Plumbing and Bathroom Services,’ Walker was asked to provide a quote to replace a bathroom at an address in Eastham. He suggested that the consumers choose what bathroom furniture and tiles they wanted and said he would purchase them on their behalf. Once the consumers had done this, they contacted Walker and informed him that the total cost would be £900.
The consumers agreed to pay him £900 and pay the outstanding balance for labour on satisfactory completion of the work. The District Judge heard that £900 was then transferred into Walkers’ bank account.
Despite repeated requests, Walker did not purchase the bathroom fixtures nor did he return the consumers money, and the matter was referred to Merseyside police and trading standards.
The Court heard that Walker additionally did not provide the consumer with a notice of her right to cancel the contract, nor did he provide her with a business address, both of which he has a legal duty, as a trader, to provide.
Sentencing Walker at Wirral Magistrates Court on September 30, 2014 District Judge Abelson described Walker’s behaviour as ‘the bane of everyone’s lives,’ and gave him 80 hours Community Service to serve on each count to run concurrently, and ordered him to pay £900 compensation and £1,008.20 in costs.
Note to Editors
Anyone cold-called or who needs advice regarding rogue traders, please contact Wirral trading standards by phoning 03454 04 05 06.