Scotland

Campaign aims to tackle Scotland's rogue traders

A new campaign has been drawn up to crack down on Scotland's rogue doorstop traders.

Running as a partnership between local authorities and Police Scotland, the scheme is intended to tackle rogue traders who target the elderly and vulnerable people.

Trading Standards officers said that clamping down on doorstep crime remains their "top priority".

The scheme has been backed by a social media campaign.

Councillor Stephen Hagan, Cosla spokesman, said: "For far too long, rogue traders have been targeting vulnerable residents, ripping them off for thousands of pounds, under the premise that they need unnecessary work carried out on their homes.

"This is totally illegal, completely immoral and we must not allow this to continue any longer.

"Doorstep crime remains the top national priority for Trading Standards in Scotland."

He concluded: "Anyone can fall victim to a rogue trader and we need the help of all residents to stop this sickening crime."

The campaign is also being supported by a social media campaign using the hashtag #beatdoorstepcrime to help spread its message.

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