Jail sentence sends ‘strong message’ to rogue traders

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A LEEDS Crown Court judge told Andrew Pollard he would be facing a longer jail sentence if he had deliberately targeted elderly victims.

Jailing Pollard for 20 months, Recorder Simon Eckersley, said his failings during the period the offences were committed between November 2015 and September 2016 were “systemic.”

Recorder Eckersley, said: “These failures during this period were systemic. They had huge effect on your victims. Many attempts to alert you were largely ignored.

“These offences are so numerous and over such a length of time and have had such a palpable effect on your victims that a custodial sentence is inevitable.

“Had I thought that you were deliberately targeting the vulnerable then that sentence would have ben considerably longer than 20 months.”

Pollard’s conviction was secured by the West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team

David Lodge, head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “We are extremely pleased that the courts have taken such a hard line on this case.

“This sentence sends a strong message to rogue traders that their unscrupulous tactics will not be tolerated.

“I would urge anyone wishing to report unfair sales tactics or seek advice on doorstep crime to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I welcome the sentencing in that it recognises the severe impact of Mr Pollard’s actions on his victims having been taken into account.”

Mr Burns-Wiliamson added: “It also sends a clear message that robust action will be taken against anyone who sees taking advantage of vulnerable people as an easy pay day.”