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Builder Peter Gilmore's victims praised by Ceredigion council

Swansea Crown Court
Image caption Ceredigion council said rogue traders could expect to end up in court

Ceredigion council has praised victims of a rogue builder for their "steadfastness and commitment" in helping to convict him.

Peter Gilmore, 38, was jailed last week for 22 months after targeting elderly and vulnerable people.

Gilmore, of Cribyn, was paid thousands of pounds despite, in some cases, not doing any work.

Ceredigion council is now working with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to recover his "ill-gotten gains".

Gilmore, who admitted charges including engaging in aggressive commercial practice, fraud, benefits fraud and breaching copyright, was described as "wholly incompetent" at Swansea Crown Court.

He cold-called properties across the region, and his victims included Brenda Grace, Donaldson, 87, of Aberporth.

He did some work on her house but then told Mrs Donaldson more repairs worth £1,300 were needed.

Mrs Donaldson, who had limited mobility and poor eyesight, paid but Gilmore did nothing for the money.

The court heard a surveyor had considered the earlier work to have been so poor "that no-one in their right mind should have paid anything for it".

In a statement on Monday, Ceredigion council said its trading standards department helped the police investigation.

It added: "We are now working with the CPS to seize his ill-gotten gains through asset recovery proceedings.

"This conviction would not have been possible without the courage of his victims who were willing to support the investigation.

"Rogue traders often target the vulnerable in our society, but our witnesses have been shown to be far from that by their steadfastness and commitment in supporting the prosecution."

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