Rogue traders hit in pocket

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Trading Standards have secured around £236,000 in compensation for rogue trader victims within the last year.

The money has been granted by the courts, and is being sought from assets gained by local criminals.

The cases ranged from a dealer selling clocked vans to doorstep salesmen who conned older and disabled people by mis-selling of mobility aids.

Six criminals were found to hold £720,664 worth of assets last year.

The courts confiscated £257,951, which will compensate victims and allow the council to tackle other crime.

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of Notts County Council’s community safety committee, said: “We are proactive in seeking compensation for victims of rogue traders using all the powers that are available.

“Forcing criminals to hand over cash and assets obtained from illegal activities is an extra punishment and ensures they do not gain from their ill gotten earnings.

“Rogue traders can be hit where it hurts by having to use their savings or sell their car or even their house to raise the money demanded by the courts.”