Rogue builder must pay out £7,000

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A ROGUE trader has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds for failing to carry out agreed work.

The case of Matthew Cohen followed investigations by West Sussex Trading Standards, based in Chichester, into complaints from customers.

Cohen, of Small Dole, Henfield, West Sussex, who traded as MC Driveways, admitted four offences when he appeared before Worthing magistrates.

The offences included failing to do agreed work on driveways for five customers who had paid him money.

Cohen was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay compensation of £1,900 and £3,000 in costs.

Philip Lipscomb, operations manager for West Sussex Trading Standards, said: ‘It is vitally important that consumers are not misled when buying products and services and they should have confidence when dealing with West Sussex businesses.

‘In this case, consumers have suffered significant financial loss and stress. Prosecutions like these show we will always take action against rogue traders.’