Clampdown on rogue traders in West Sussex

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ROGUE traders and forceful doorstep sellers were targeted in a national day of action on crime prevention.

In West Sussex, activities ranged from identifying vehicles used by criminals through automatic number plate recognition to conducting intelligence-led patrols in areas where older or vulnerable people live.

Sussex Police worked with Trading Standards.

Chief Inspector Simon Nelson said: ‘Rogue trading is a problem which often disproportionately impacts upon some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

‘The emotional and financial costs of people being hugely overcharged for work which is unnecessary or substandard, or being targeted for other crimes such as burglary, can be devastating.

‘Rogue traders often travel long distances to commit offences, which is why we are supporting this nationwide crackdown. I’m delighted that we have been able to take this opportunity to target these types of offenders, and see some excellent results.’