Beware rogue gardening services

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Trading Standards is warning residents to beware of rogue traders offering tree and gardening services on behalf of Cambridgeshire garden centres when in fact there is no connection with these reputable businesses.

These rogues have been leafleting Cambridgeshire residents, using the garden centre trading names on the leaflets and providing false trading addresses.

Nikki Pasek, Head of Trading Standards, said “Whilst there are a wide range of reputable, honest garden services operating in the county, unfortunately it continues to be a sector favoured by rogue traders. These rogues tend to find work by calling door to door and leafleting.

We would advise against using a trader who calls at your door. If you want to use one of the gardening services operated by a particular garden centre, contact that garden centre direct for details. Alternatively, use a gardener or handyman on our Buy with Confidence approved trader scheme www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk, or go on recommendation from a friend or neighbour.

We would suggest that in every case you get more than one quote to ensure the price is reasonable, and ensure quotes are given in writing outlining exactly what work is included for the price. If you are at home when you agree to have the work done and it costs more than £35 you should also make sure you are given a written notice of your right to cancel within 7 days. If the work starts before the expiry of those 7 days, you should be asked to sign a consent form acknowledging that if you cancel, you will need to pay for any work done up to that point.”

Councillor Shuter “The County Council’s Trading Standards Service plays an important role, not only in protecting Cambridgeshire residents from the rogues, but also protecting local businesses. The garden centres concerned have worked hard to build a good reputation and gain the trust of their customers, and these rogues are looking to take advantage of that, potentially jeopardising their good name. It is a practice that will not be tolerated in this county.”

If you have encountered these rogues, or they are currently operating in your area, please contact Trading Standard’s advice partner, Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0845 4040506 so that the information can be referred through to Trading Standards.

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Police car rammed

We are appealing for witnesses or information after a police car was rammed last night.

The force control room received a report of two suspicious vehicles, one driving without lights in Gamlingay at about 3am today (Sunday). Officers attended the scene when a Teleporter and a cream Mini Clubman was heading along Long Lane.

The Teleporter drove towards a police car and rammed it into a side road. The driver made off into the Mini before turning into Church Road and headed towards Potton. The area was searched and the Teleporter has been recovered which is now being examined by police. Both officers suffered minor injuries. Sergeant Paul Rogerson said: “I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and maybe saw the police car being rammed or saw the vehicles leaving the scene. “Both officers’ welfare is in hand and neither required medical treatment. “I believe these vehicles were due to commit a ram raid before officers were alerted. Therefore, I’d ask the residents in the surrounding villages to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police. “Anyone with information should call Sgt Rogerson on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Linton and Fulbourn Panel Meeting 17th September 2013

The Linton and Fulbourn area Panel Meeting will take place next Tuesday the 17th of September at 7:30pm at Linton Heights School, Wheatsheaf way, Linton. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and help identify what our local policing priorities should be for the next 3 months. If you cannot make the meeting then you are welcome to tweet your views @southcambscops or email us via the local pages of our main website www.cambs.police.uk.

The villages covered by Linton and Fulbourn panel are Balsham; Carlton; Castle Camps; Horseheath; Shudy Camps; West Wickham; Weston Colville; West Wratting; Fulbourn; Bartlow; Hildersham; Linton; Teversham; Fen Ditton; Great Wilbraham; Little Wilbraham; Horningsea;  and Stwo Cum Quy.  The priorties for the last 3 months were road safety and Anti Social Behaviour in green spaces. For an update on what action was taken on these priorities by your local team and details of crime and anti social behaviour figures across the villages please click on this link to see the profile document prepared for the panel meeting. Linton Panel Profile Sept 2013 v2

eCops – Are you in the know?

Existing eCops subscribers are being emailed and asked to re-register with eCops to receive enhanced messages from their local Police teams. If you are not a subscriber why not join up? Be better informed about what your local officers are doing to drive down crime. You can also help to prevent yourself becoming a victim of crime.

Cambs Police have relaunched eCops, using a new system which will provide an enhanced range of options for subscribers. Readers can select to hear about the types of crime or news stories that interest them, or by geographical area. Police officers and PCSOs can now send out pictures of wanted people, and other media files that might assist in the apprehension of criminals.

To sign up visit www.eCops.org.uk