Bristol rogue roofer sentenced

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By Clifton People | Friday, January 10, 2014, 15:00

A roofer, based in Clifton, whose shoddy work made customers’ lives a misery, was sentenced at the Crown Court yesterday 9th January 2014.

Mr Bill Buckley of 26 Four Acres, South Cerny, Cirencester pleaded guilty to eight rogue trading offences under the Fraud Act 2006, and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. He was sentenced to a six months and four months imprisonment to run concurrently, suspended for two years and 300 hours unpaid work.

The prosecution was brought by Bristol City Council Trading Standards staff after complaints were made about the trading practices of Mr Buckley and his company JB Roofing, based at 42 Triangle West, Bristol.

The Judge also made an ASBO which specified that Buckley cannot carry out building work, including construction, maintenance and repair for five years.

The court heard that Buckley (aged 45) had been trading as “JB Roofing” and falsely claimed that his company were “Specialists in all aspects of roofing”. He pleaded guilty to the fraudulent claim that he was a “specialist” in roofing.

Trading Standards staff investigated after complaints were made which included:

• Buckley had taken money from customers for work which he didn’t complete, and claimed that work was necessary, when it was not.

• He falsely claimed to two of his victims that they needed their facia boards replacing.

• He claimed to another customer that the existing garage would not support a new roof which he had been contracted to build. Instead he built a carport which leaked and was too small for the car for which it was intended. He then charged a significantly higher price than the original contract.

• In one case he told a victim that the contract could not be cancelled once work had started, even though they were still in the 7 day cooling off period, and would have been well within their right to cancel at that stage.

The surveyor employed by Trading Standards to examine the work carried out by Buckley commented that the “quality of the roofing work was generally very poor”.

Cllr Simon Cook, Assistant Mayor with responsibility for Community Safety, said “We are pleased to see that the judge has taken these offences as seriously as we have. We are determined to ensure that Bristol people are protected from shoddy work of this kind and that they know their rights.”

Sarah Saunders, Bristol City Council Principal Trading Standards Officer, said "Our advice is that customers should always obtain at least three quotes before having work carried out, try to use a trader that is personally recommended, and do not pay more than 10% of the contract price as a deposit. Do not be pressured into having work started immediately. If you have agreed a contract in your own home, you will have a 7 day cooling off period, which is a legal requirement”

For further advice consumers can ring the National Consumer Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506

Further information contact Vicky O'Loughlin on 07747 460496

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