Good neighbours stop rogue traders during National Consumer Week

Published on: Monday, 03-November-2014

Good neighbours stop rogue traders! That’s the message to Knowsley residents this Week.

During National Consumer Week – 3 – 7 November – officers from Knowsley Trading Standards will be holding sessions across the borough advising residents how to spot – and stop – rogue traders. Resident information packs will be available at each session.

The sessions are being held between 10am and 4pm on:

  • Monday, 3 November at Huyton One Stop Shop, Archway Road, Huyton L36 9YU;  Tuesday, 4 November  at The Halewood Centre,  Roseheath Drive, Halewood L26 9UH;
  • Thursday, 6 November at The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, L34 5GA and;
  • Friday, 7 November  at The Kirkby Centre,  Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY.

This year’s campaign focuses on preventing doorstep crime by encouraging neighbours, family, friends and carers to look out for those most at risk in their communities.

It also highlights signs that an unwanted doorstep callers may be in the area including:

  • an unmarked builder’s van parked nearby
  • unexpected building or maintenance on a neighbour’s garden or house
  • poor quality work visible on the roof, driveway or property
  • a neighbour visiting the bank, building society or post office accompanied by a trader.

Advice to concerned neighbours includes making a note of vehicle registration numbers, keeping any flyers delivered and calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or Knowsley Trading Standards on 0151 443 4712.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate and Customer Services, Cllr Andy Moorhead, said: “Our support for National Consumer Week and the advice sessions provided across the borough demonstrate our determination to protect our residents from unscrupulous rogue traders.”   

The messages of National Consumer Week support the work currently being undertaken by Knowsley Trading Standards Service as part of a wider doorstep crime initiative which is being carried out over the coming months.