TIM DREW: Stamp out problem of rogue traders

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YOU will be hearing much about Operation Rogue Trader in the run-up to a planned national week of action commencing on Monday.

Messages will appear in the press and on social media sites, highlighting issues and explaining how you can help Trading Standards, police and partner agencies tackle offenders.

Rogue trading involves consumers being “cold called” and then deliberately overcharged for unsatisfactory goods and/or services.

This includes charging for unnecessary work and for repairing deliberately damaged property; leaving work unfinished; and using intimidating behaviour in order to extort money.

Adur and Worthing police will provide opportunities for you to discuss problems caused by rogue traders with them.

Please follow their website (www.sussex.police.uk) or follow them on Twitter @adurpolice and @worthingpolice.

Three incidents involving damage to the fuel tanks of vehicles (all of which occurred within a 24-hour period, in the hours of darkness) have been recorded in Rackham, Cuckfield and Rogate roads.

Residents are asked to report any similar crimes to the police on 101, or 999 on seeing anything suspicious.

In a busy week for surgeries and panel meetings, PCSO Ros Tite (Castle) will hold her surgery at Worthing College, The Gatehouse, Bolsover Road, between 4-5pm. on Tuesday, and PCSO Carol Fulcher (Goring) will be available to discuss issues between 4-4.30pm outside the shops in Aldsworth Parade on Thursday, April 25.

Panel meetings for Durrington and Northbrook wards will be held on Monday, at Durrington Community Centre, New Road, Durrington, between 7.30-8.30pm, for Marine ward the next day in the Shaftesbury Room, Worthing Leisure Centre, between 7-8pm, and for Castle ward at St Richard’s Church, Collingwood Road, on Wednesday.

And, lastly, please don’t forget the West Downs Search Team’s table sale at Lancing Parish Hall between 10am and 1pm on Saturday – all support appreciated in a good cause.