Leeds rogue trader ordered to pay compensation to victims

Andrew Pollard.
Andrew Pollard.
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A CROOK who was jailed for conning elderly victims out of thousands of pounds by carrying out poor quality roofing work has been ordered to pay them compensation.

Andrew Pollard, 38, was jailed for 20 months in July last year for ten offences under The Consumer Protection Act.

Pollard was the director of a company called A&J Roofing Solutions Ltd - the most complained roofing company in West Yorkshire in 2016.


Pollard carried out uneccessary and poor quality roofing work which left some homes flooded and in chaos.

Pollard was returned to Leeds Crown Court to face a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The court heard Pollard had benefited by £154,312 as a result of the deception.

Jane Cooper, prosecuting, said Pollard had assets available of £26,472.

Judge Sally Cahill, QC, ordered Pollard to pay the amount within one month or face up to five years in prison.

The judge ordered that the amount seized be used to pay compensation to Pollard’s victims.

Judge Cahill warned Pollard that further amounts could be seized from him in the future.

She said: “The payment does not finish that matter. The Crown could come and seek more money from you.”

At his sentencing hearing in July last year, the court heard victims Peter Smith, 69, and partner Carol Timlin, 68, sought Pollard’s help to fix a leak in the roof of their home in Pudsey.

The couple paid Pollard £12,700 to put a new roof on their home, but it ended up leaking more water than before.

They had to pay another company £3,500 to re-roof the house for a second time

The couple said after the sentencing hearing: “We are very angry and very embarrassed that we fell for his patter.

“We feel sick at night worrying when it’s raining that the roof is going to leak, even though it’s now sound.

“We are really glad he has been sent to jail It was an absolute nightmare. It was a lot of stress and financial uncertainty.”

Pollard conned a 64-year-old Cookridge man who wanted the roof of his garage waterproofing.

Pollard charged the man £500 to paint the roof of his garage with a tin of paint that cost £48.

Pollard also showed a 75-year-old woman what he claimed was a photograph of water pooling on the flat roof of her house in Whinmoor.

He charged £2,300 for roof repairs and then quoted £1,500 to remedy a damp patch that appeared in her home as a result of the work he did.