Cou­ple cheated of £80k

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A ROGUE builder charged an el­derly cou­ple £20,000 for un­needed work and then de­manded they pay another £60,000.

It started with a knock on the door from a friendly builder who said there was a loose tile on the roof. Two months later the cou­ple from South Bucks were £20,000 poorer.

The wife, re­ferred to as Mrs L to hide her iden­tity, says they were go­ing through a vul­ner­a­ble time

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They were helped by their build­ing so­ci­ety’s staff who be­came sus­pi­cious when they asked for a cheque for £40,000 payable to the builder.

When he came to col­lect and re­alised the so­ci­ety was send­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive around, he sud­denly made his ex­cuses and left, never to be seen again.

But not be­fore a loose roof tile had turned into gut­ter­ing re­place­ment, fas­cia board re­newal and damp course re­pairs, and the place­ment of eir crazy paved aths with block aving stones. nd in the midst f all this he is­cov­ered’ the rains were in a ad way. Mrs L



“It was a very vul­ner­a­ble time for us.

“We lost our son un­ex­pect­edly, and my hus­band wasn’t well.

“If my hus­band had been his usual self, we would have queried it, but we just said ‘go ahead’.”

When the work was fin­ished, and the cou­ple had given him cheques worth £20,000, the builder said he wanted another £60,000.

Mrs L knew they had no more than £20,000 in the bank, so she vis­ited their build­ing so­ci­ety to draw £40,000 from sav­ings.

“We must have been mad,” said Mrs L. “It was when the build­ing so­ci­ety stepped in and the po­lice and Trad­ing Stan­dards got in­volved, that we couldn’t be­lieve it had all hap­pened.”

The qual­ity of the work was good, ac­cord­ing to Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cer Tim Day, but es­ti­mated to be only £5,000.

Her ex­pe­ri­ence was three years ago. Mr L has since died and a neigh­bour has kept an eye on Mrs L. Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cers have kept her up­dated about progress on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Pic­ture posed by model

Mr nd Mrs L were erted to the cam by build­ing oci­ety staff

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