Nottinghamshire 'rogue traders' jailed for conning elderly victims

William King and Gavin Findley Image copyright North Yorkshire Police
Image caption William King and Gavin Findley

Two conmen have been jailed for a total of nine years for duping elderly homeowners across the country into paying thousands for substandard work.

The men, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to defraud and fraudulent misrepresentation at York Crown Court.

The conmen took about £100,000 from their victims who lived in mobile park home sites across England.

A third man was given a suspended sentence and unpaid work.

'Took advantage'

William King, 35, of Sandhill Sconce, Tolney Lane, Newark, was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to charges of fraud by false representation and conspiracy to defraud.

Gavin James Findley, 30, of Elizabeth Road, Newark was sentenced to three years after previously pleading guilty to the same charges as King.

Todd Berridge, 20, now of Marshland Drive, in Holbeach, Lincolnshire - previously from Newark, was given a 12 month detention order in a young offenders' institute, suspended for two years.

He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting King and Findley and was ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work.

Investigating officer, Det Con Lesley Raffan of Harrogate CID, said: "These men targeted vulnerable, elderly people and took advantage of their trusting nature.

"They acted with impunity across the country often targeting several people in one neighbourhood."

North Yorkshire Police arrested the men in Ripon after a resident became suspicious about their claims and quality of work.

Their victims lived in North Yorkshire, Devon, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire and Humberside.

Det Con Lesley Raffan added: "Our advice to anyone who is approached by cold callers is simply do not buy anything from them."

North Yorkshire Police led the nationwide investigation with assistance from Trading Standards officers.

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