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Rogue roofer told to pay back York victims
A ROGUE roofer has been ordered to pay back his victims after doing "appalling" and worthless work on three York homes and pocketing £1,400.
Andrew Joseph Gaskin cold-called residents in the Fishergate area, lying to two of them that he had repaired their neighbours' house and promising to use special machinery and scaffolding to fix their chimney stacks and other parts of their roofs, which he never did. He also intimidated and acted aggressively towards those he conned.
The three Grange Garth residents complained about Gaskin to City of York Council's trading standards officials and he was prosecuted by the authority. He has been ordered to repay his victims in full and do 280 hours of unpaid community work.
An expert chartered surveyor who examined the work done by Gaskin, of Dalkieth Avenue, Hartlepool, said it was "appalling" and of "no value whatsoever". One of Gaskin's victims said she tried to challenge him about the quality of his work, but decided to pay when he prodded her with his finger and swore at her, while another said he paid because he found the roofer intimidating.
The trading standards teams traced Gaskin to his Hartlepool address, even though he had not provided the paperwork he was legally required to and had given a phone number with a dead line. Gaskin admitted trading contrary to the principles of professional diligence, telling York Magistrates' Court he no longer worked as a roofer, and was ordered to pay compensation of £300, £500 and £600 to his victims.
"This is the latest in a string of cases where we have successfully prosecuted rogue traders who cold-call innocent residents and extort considerable sums of money," said Coun Linsay Cunningham-Cross, the council's cabinet member for crime and stronger communities.
"We all place a lot of trust on those working on our homes. This case shows that our officers will track down anybody who abuses that trust."
Anybody wanting to make a complaint about rogue traders should phone the council's trading standards team via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 040506.