Rogue traders were targeted during crime prevention initiative

Rogue Traders
Rogue Traders

Rogue traders in Lincolnshire were targeted during a national day of action as part of a week-long crime prevention initiative.

Activities ranged from executing warrants and identifying vehicles used by criminals through automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), to conducting intelligence-led patrols in areas where older or vulnerable people live.

Police and trading standards services co-ordinated efforts across the country with support from the Department of Work and Pensions, Environment Agency, HM Revenue and Customs, the DVLA, the DVSA, Border Force and Scambusters to catch rogue traders and prevent innocent people from becoming victims of crime.

More than 30 Environment Agency officers were out on the ground working closely with emergency responders and investigators.

Environment Agency officers in Lincolnshire checked 28 vehicles during the operation and one illegal waste carrier was detected.

They also provided advice to three drivers about needing to carry the correct registration and transfer notes when carrying waste.

In 2015 Operation Rogue Trader saw more than 100 people arrested, £3.1m worth of property recovered and more than 5,000 vehicles inspected.

Operation Rogue Trader is led by Operation Liberal, which is the national intelligence unit that links associated crimes and gathers intelligence on key nominals and organised crime groups who travel extensively throughout the UK.

Andrew Luckett, Office Manager for Operation Liberal, said: “Distraction crimes and scams continue to occur and the victims are swindled out of their life savings for unnecessary and overpriced work which has a detrimental effect on the victim’s health and their confidence.

“We will continue to carry out operations like this and remind the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or concerns about an individual offering to carry out work to the relevant agency.”

Steve Playle, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute lead officer for doorstep crime, said: “Operation Rogue Trader is a great opportunity for the different partners involved in tackling doorstep crime to come together and carry out some enforcement work and to raise awareness of the issues.”

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of any doorstep offender or rogue trader should ring the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.