OAP’S fam­ily slam builder

Huge bill for botched roof work

Wishaw Press - - FUNDRAISER - Lynn Love

A pen­sioner was conned out of thou­sands of pounds by a cow­boy builder, her fam­ily claimed.

The woman in her 70s says she paid a Wishaw work­man £2000 cash to fix a prob­lem with her roof af­ter find­ing the com­pany on­line.

The woman be­lieved the job to have been re­paired fully af­ter be­ing told so by the work­man, only to dis­cover days later it was not wa­ter­tight.

The Mother­well woman’s daugh­ter said: “We’re ab­so­lutely dis­gusted this has hap­pened to my mum.

“She feels so stupid for be­liev­ing this com­pany was le­git. The man in charge seemed very pro­fes­sional and told her ev­ery­thing she wanted to hear.

“She’s re­ally up­set that she fell for the man’s lies and is gut­ted some­one could be so hor­ri­ble to her.”

The woman re­alised her roof had not been fixed prop­erly dur­ing a heavy down­pour at the start of the month. There was water pour­ing out of her bath­room ceil­ing, caus­ing ex­ten­sive de­struc­tion.

The woman’s son-in-law called the work­man to tell him what was hap­pen­ing. The builder said he would be straight over to sort it out but never showed up.

The house­holder’s fam­ily had a look at the roof and were hor­ri­fied to dis­cover the stan­dard of work­man­ship. The builders had re­moved the woman’s sky­light and patched the hole on the roof with very dif­fer­ent roof tiles to what was al­ready there.

Her fu­ri­ous daugh­ter added: “When we saw what they had done we were shocked. It looked dread­ful and very un­pro­fes­sional. No won­der there was water com­ing through.

“It def­i­nitely had not been fixed prop­erly.

“Given the amount of money my mum had paid, we would have ex­pected the job to have been car­ried out to a high stan­dard.”

The pen­sioner’s fam­ily have con­tacted po­lice and Trad­ing Stan­dards about the is­sue.

They have also now had to ar­range to pay an­other com­pany to re­pair the prob­lems caused by the orig­i­nal builders.

Chief In­spec­tor Mark Leonard said: “There will be bo­gus work­men out there who look to prey on vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

“If peo­ple have any con­cerns they should con­tact po­lice and Trad­ing Stan­dards im­me­di­ately.

“These peo­ple are work­ing in day­light hours. They seem le­git­i­mate but they tar­get el­derly peo­ple.

“We work closely with our part­ners at Trad­ing Stan­dards to try and elim­i­nate this prob­lem.”

Paul Ban­nis­ter from Trad­ing Stan­dards said: “Be­ware of traders who ask to be paid in cash up­front. Never pay for work be­fore it is com­pleted and don’t hand over large sums of cash.”

She is gut­ted some­one could be so hor­ri­ble to her.”

Shocker The fam­ily were hor­ri­fied by the work

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