Rogue Traders targetted in North Yorkshire
3:49pm 2nd July 2010
North Yorkshire Police and colleagues from Trading Standards have carried out four days of action against doorstep criminals in Operation Rogue Trader.
Rogue Trader ran from Monday 28 June to Thursday 1 July 2010 across North Yorkshire and the City of York. The operation coincided with the national day of action which took place on Wednesday 30 June 2010.
During the operation, police officers carried out targeted patrols aimed at deterring those criminals who commit these types of offences from committing crimes against our communities and especially the more vulnerable members of society.
Mobile police stations were located at the markets in Knaresborough, York and Selby when officers and PCSOs alongside colleagues from Trading Standards gave advice and information to members of the public.
As a result of the operation, four people were arrested and another 18 have been reported for summons. One vehicle was also seized.
Detective Inspector Steve Smith, who led operation Rogue Trader for North Yorkshire Police, said: “As well as targeting the criminals who carry out this type of crime, Rogue Trader was aimed at raising public awareness about people offering to carry out work unsolicited.
“I would ask that if people do need work doing they source the tradespeople themselves through telephone directories or newspaper adverts. Better still, is word of mouth from friends.
“I also ask that if you are aware that you have a vulnerable neighbour who may become a victim of this crime that you keep an eye out for them.”
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