Count­ing the cost of cow­boys

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

ROGUE traders have cost vic­tims in Bucks mil­lions of pounds over the past four years.

Peo­ple have paid a to­tal of £2,569,515 in botch jobs and un­nec­es­sary work in 686 recorded rogue trad­ing in­ci­dents since Jan­uary 2010, ac­cord­ing to county coun­cil fig­ures.

The big­gest sin­gle vic­tim’s loss was £950,000, while the av­er­age loss is £3,745 per vic­tim.

Cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, Martin Phillips, said: “‘Th­ese are huge amounts of money and the vic­tims are in­vari­ably older or more vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

“But we know this is the un­palat­able tip of a very nasty ice­berg and our trad­ing stan­dards team are do­ing their best to get be­low the sur­face.”

Part of the prob­lem lies in un­der-re­port­ing, says the trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cer Tim Day. Only one in 10 cases is ever re­ported and trad­ing stan­dards fre­quently find vic­tims have been re­peat­edly sub­ject to doorstep crime. A GROUP of tree en­thu­si­asts went to visit a tree that is be­lieve to be 2,700 years old.

The Bucks Tree Club’s last meet­ing on Satur­day, Au­gust 30 was to visit a tree that prob­a­bly ‘saw’ the seal­ing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

The group say this is likely as the course of the Thames then was braided with dif­fer­ent chan­nels and the great yew stands along­side Anker­wyke Pri­ory, which had been founded about 50 years ear­lier by the pre­de­ces­sor of the Bar­ron Mont­fichet, who was one of the sig­na­to­ries of this Char­ter.

The an­cient tree is called the Anker­wycke yew and is sit­u­ated near Wrays­bury in Berk­shire.

The Bucks Tree Club not only notes the best of each tree species that can be seen in Bucks, but also lists the an­cient wood­land in the county and wel­comes new mem­bers.

The club’s next meet­ing is a pri­vate tour of Evenly Ar­bore­tum, in Oc­to­ber.

Con­trib­uted

YEW BEAUTY: Mem­bers of The Bucks Tree Club at the Anker­wycke yew

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