Two trading standards officers from the London borough of Bromley have received a commendation from the Bromley Police Borough Commander for their role in an operation which saw the apprehension and eventual conviction of a prolific doorstep criminal.
In march 2008 trading standards received a call from the local Nationwide in Bromley who were concerned about an elderly customer attempting to withdraw £16,000 for roof repairs. Officers attended the bank and were told the suspects had replaced some guttering the day before and were waiting for the consumer at his home. No paperwork had been supplied and the officers immediately suspected a fraud was in progress.
The victim was escorted home and police were alerted. On arriving at his address officers confronted three men. Two ran off but one stayed. Officers kept him talking for several minutes until police arrived. He was arrested and later charged with fraud. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.
Trading standards manager Rob Vale received a commendation for his professionalism, leadership and tenacity during the proactive investigation of a serious crime.
Trading standards intelligence officer John Finch received commendation for his professionalism and commitment during the proactive investigation of a serious crime.
The bank cashier who alerted the officers, Martin Basoo, also received an award for his vigilance.
The awards were presented by Mayor of Bromley Cllr Douglas Auld.