Nuneaton News Builder faces jail if he breaks or­der for trad­ing fairly

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A BUILDER faces be­ing jailed if he breaks a court or­der af­ter cus­tomers com­plained about his busi­ness.

Mark An­thony Kel­legher from North War­wick­shire has been warned he could be put in prison if he doesn’t trade fairly.

War­wick­shire Trad­ing Stan­dards re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints about Kel­legher’s busi­ness M A K Build­ing Ser­vices Lim­ited.

Kel­legher of Al­lens Close, Bad­des­ley En­sor, near Ather­stone, was given an En­force­ment Or­der by Coven­try County Court to trade fairly or face a pos­si­ble jail sen­tence for con­tempt of court.

War­wick­shire County Coun­cil Trad­ing Stan­dards took it to court af­ter re­ceiv­ing a num­ber of con­sumer com­plaints about the busi­ness.

James Greenaway, War­wick­shire Trad­ing Stan­dards Team leader said: “Home im­prove­ments can amount to thou­sands of pounds and the ef­fects of hav­ing this type of work done badly can be dev­as­tat­ing fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally to cus­tomers.

“Trad­ing Stan­dards will con­tinue to mon­i­tor this busi­ness to en­sure that it is com­ply­ing with the law and will not hes­i­tate to take ac­tion if they breach the En­force­ment Or­der.”

The en­force­ment or­der for­bids Mark An­thony Kel­legher and his busi­ness M A K Build­ing Ser­vices Lim­ited from:

Mak­ing false or mis­lead­ing state­ments to con­sumers about de­liv­ery dates for goods and ser­vices.

Fail­ing to pay sup­pli­ers and con­trac­tors etc, re­sult­ing in cus­tomers hav­ing to pay them­selves.

Fail­ing to re­move waste from cus­tomer’s prop­er­ties. Fail­ing to com­plete work, or De­mand­ing ex­tra pay­ment for a piece of work be­yond that quoted.

Kel­legher must also now en­sure that the work he does is per­formed with rea­son­able care and skill, within a rea­son­able time and at a rea­son­able price (and no more than that price).

A breach of the or­der is con­tempt of court.

If this hap­pens it may lead to a fine, im­pris­on­ment or com­pany as­sets be­ing seized.

Any­one with any com­plaints about this, or any other busi­ness, is urged to con­tact War­wick­shire Trad­ing Stan­dards via the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Con­sumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

The team can give ad­vice on how to re­solve the prob­lem and Trad­ing Stan­dards will use the in­for­ma­tion to en­able them to in­ves­ti­gate breaches of the law and bet­ter tar­get traders with the high­est num­ber of com­plaints.

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