Three Cambridgeshire men arrested in rogue traders clampdown
THREE men from Cambridgeshire were arrested this morning as part of a police operation with Trading Standards to target rogue traders.
Warrants were executed at sites in Fen Road, Cambridge and Overbrooke in Landbeach at 7.30am. Police in Norfolk also executed an additional warrant at an address in South Beach Road in Hunstanton.
A 32-year-old from Cambridge was arrested in Hunstanton. A 47-year old from Cambridge and a 53-year-old from Landbeach were both arrested in Landbeach.
The trio were all arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation are are currently in custody at a police station in Cambridgeshire.
Chief Inspector, Gary Martin, who led the arrest operation, said: “Today’s operation was in support of an ongoing investigation by Trading Standards to target rogue traders operating in East Anglia.
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“Rogue traders deliberately target the elderly and vulnerable and the police and Trading Standards are committed to bringing them to justice.
“Our advice to residents will always be not to use cold callers and to ask for a business card so you can consider what is being offered at your leisure.
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“The support and involvement of local communities is essential to fighting crime and people should remain vigilant to activity in their neighbourhood and report anything suspicious, particularly in areas with vulnerable or elderly residents.”
More than 60 officers took part in the operation which follows a three-year Trading Standards investigation into rogue trading activity in East Anglia.
So far the investigation has identified more than 100 victims and an estimated �400,000 worth of fraud.