Police in Leeds take part in Operation Rogue Trader

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A STOLEN caravan was seized in Leeds as West Yorkshire Police joined with partners to mark the national Operation Rogue Trader.

Police and partners including VOSA and West Yorkshire Trading Standards went to an address on Fox Way, Hunslet, where they found a caravan that had been reported stolen from the Bristol area.

A further three vehicles were given immediate prohibition notices due to their poor road worthiness.

A commercial premises in Beeston was also visited and a 25-year-old man reported for summons on suspicion of being a disqualified driver. A van was also seized for not having any insurance and being over-weight.

Five immediate prohibition notices for road worthiness were also issued.

West Yorkshire Police’s crime prevention lead, Chris Joyce, said: “Operation Rogue Trader, which was a national operation, was aimed at bringing together partners to disrupt and enforce action against rogue traders by delivering a strong enforcement message to rogue trading criminals, develop intelligence in respect of known suspects and to raise awareness of doorstep crime and provide reassurance to people.

“Raising awareness of the dangers posed by rogue traders is particularly important as by following a few simple steps people can greatly reduce their chances of being a victim of such criminals often on their own doorstep.

“Rogue traders will often target vulnerable and elderly residents by going to their front door and pretending to either offer a service as a means to getting into their house to steal from them or pressuring people into paying for jobs that are either not carried out or completed to a very poor standard.

“The best advice is when answering calls at the door to people claiming to be traders who haven’t pre-booked: ‘Not Sure? Don’t Open the Door.’

“Genuine tradespeople should always be prepared to show ID. Ask them to pass it through the letter box and then check with the organisation they are saying they are from. Ring the organisation on a phone number you find yourself rather than what is on the ID.

“If you have any concerns or spot any suspicious behaviour then call police - we will look to take enforcement action against those we suspect of being involved in rogue trading.”