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Elderly woman charged £6,000 to have roof ‘fixed’ with gaffer tape by rogue trader

More than £14,000 of damage was caused to the woman’s home in Cambridge

The woman was charged £6,000 to fix her roof with gaffer tape (Image: Cambridge Live) 

An elderly woman was charged thousands to have her roof repaired – only to discover the workman had “fixed” it with gaffer tape.

As a result the botch job caused more than £14,000 in damage and the trader was sentenced for fraud at court.

Cambridge News reported that the woman had asked JKJ Property Services to repair her gutters in December 2015.

But rogue trader, Jobie Newland, convinced her she also needed “urgent” repairs to her flat roof – saying it would cost £6,000.

 
The “repairs” ended up causing £14,000 damage (Image: Cambridge Live)

After the work was complete, the lady noticed water leaking and damage – the court heard.

Newland and his labourer returned twice to fix the roof, but when she couldn’t get hold of him a third time the lady called in another roofer.

The roofer showed her pictures of the condition of the roof – and Trading Standards commissioned a surveyor who reported the work was not carried out in accordance to the invoice.

The surveyor said “torch on” rubberoid had not been used, only 25mm insulation was put in place rather than 100mm – and the work would cost a staggering £14,500 to repair.

He also noticed that gaffer tape had been used to repair the leaks.

 
Newland was sentenced at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court (Image: Google Maps)

Newland, of Malvern Road, Grays, Essex, was charged with fraud by false representation under section two of the Fraud Act 2006.

After pleading guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the 28-year-old was sentenced to a nine-week prison sentence, suspended for a year.

He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £2,000 in compensation to his victim.

Magistrates said they took a very serious view of the offending due the “significant financial loss” and the age of the victims.

Speaking after the conclusion of the case, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Head of Trading Standards Peter Gell said: “Our officers will continue to bring these type of offenders to justice, but we’d urge householders to be aware of rogue traders.

“If you are advised about urgent repairs, it’s worth considering having a survey carried out and obtaining three quotes from reputable builders or roofers.

“We won’t tolerate this type of rogue trading in our county.”

This post was taken from https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/elderly-woman-charged-6000-roof-11871023

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