Warning for Cornwall Councillors: Cornwall under attack from rogue traders and doorstep criminals

In the last few days reports have been received from across Cornwall concerning doorstep scams, hard-sell salesmen and ‘back-of-a-van’ sellers. The number and range of frauds suggests that Cornwall is experiencing another spate of crime targeted at home-owners and in particular the elderly or vulnerable.

Fair Trading Team Manager, Nigel Strick explained: “We have received complaints about gangs offering to tarmac driveways with ‘leftovers’, about mobility-aid/recliner chairs salesmen spending hours and hours in a consumer’s home to force them to sign an order and about a gang selling ‘white goods’ out of the back of a van. Trading Standards already has a number of rogue trader investigations ongoing, but we fear that the number of complaints we get is simply the tip of the ice-berg as victims are often too embarrassed or afraid to come forward.

Cornwall Councillors can help to keep their constituents safe from these frauds and scams by alerting them to the current threats and by reinforcing the warning from Trading Standards:

“Not Sure? Don’t Open the Door!”

The best way of preventing this type of attack on Cornwall’s residents is to ensure that the public never deals with anyone who turns up at the front door or who rings out of the blue without an appointment.” No Cold Caller” stickers and leaflets are also available free of charge from Trading Standards. E-mail businesscomplaince@cornwall.gov.uk

If you suspect that a constituent has fallen victim to doorstep fraud or telephone/mail scam contact Trading Standards for assistance: 0300 1234 191

Doorstep crime incidents are typified by residents being cold called, whether on the telephone or at the door, and then pressurised into agreeing to buy services or goods.”

The types of goods and services that are often offered by Rogue Traders include:

  • Roofing, guttering or fascia boards
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Tree surgery or gardening
  • Driveway repairs or surfacing (both tarmac and block paving)
  • Minor building works or odd jobs
  • Painting, decorating or exterior wall treatments
  • Power washing – roofs and driveways
  • Cheap, unsafe power tools or white goods sold from the back of a van
  • Unsafe Sofas

The criminals often prey on the fears of home owners who are worried about maintaining their property or persuaded into thinking they will get a good deal if they agree immediately. In the last few years we have seen some very serious cases in Cornwall, where vulnerable victims have been conned out of large sums of money for poor/non-existent work or goods that were unsafe.

Evidence suggests that rogue traders are often linked to distraction burglary and that they will operate across borders; sometimes as part of an organised criminal gang.

The key message we want to get out is simple: “Not Sure? Don’t Open the Door!”

Church Hill, Fore St, Jubilee Rd, Pensilva – Closed – 23rd Feb to 11th March 2015

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The County of Cornwall (Church Hill Fore Street Jubilee Road and Road From Jubilee Road To Foredown Park Pensilva) (Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic) Order 2015

Notice is hereby given that Cornwall Council has made the above Order dated 19th February 2015 prohibiting the use by through traffic of the undermentioned lengths of road at Pensilva. This restriction is necessary for surface dressing preparation and road marking renewal works. Exemptions are provided in the Order for emergency vehicles.  It is expected that the Order will be in effect from 23rd February to 11th March 2015 (24 hours weekends included)

Roads Closed

  • Church Hill for its entire length
  • Fore Street for its entire length
  • Jubilee Road for its entire length
  • Road From Jubilee Road To Foredown Park for its entire length

Alternative Route

From the south west end of the closure take a northerly direction along the B3254 to the junction with Higher Road and then take an easterly direction along Higher Road  and Princess Road to the north east end of the closure; and vice versa

Matt Stribley, Traffic Manager

For further information please contact: Simon Trevains, CORMAC Solutions Ltd, Tel: 0300 1234 222

 

The County of Cornwall (Shute Lane Pensilva) (Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic) Order 2014

Notice is hereby given that Cornwall Council has made the above Order dated 27th November 2014 prohibiting the use by through traffic of the undermentioned length of road at Pensilva. This restriction is necessary for leaking mains pipe repair works. Exemptions are provided in the Order for emergency vehicles.  It is expected that the Order will be in effect from 1st to 3rd December 2014 (24 hours)

Road Closed

Shute Lane between grid references SX 29420 67924 and SX 29474 68009

Alternative Route

From the northern end of the closure take a north westerly direction to the junction with Tenacres Lane and then take a north easterly direction along Tenacres Lane to the junction with St Ive Road.  Take a south easterly direction along St Ive Road to The Forge at Gang and then take a south westerly direction to the next road junction.  Take a westerly and south westerly direction to end of the closure; and vice versa

Matt Stribley, Traffic Manager

For further information please contact: South West Water, Tel: 0844 346 2020

Christmas and New Year Waste Collections, 2014/15

There will be no rubbish, clinical waste, recycling or garden waste collections on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

If your garden waste or recycling collection is due on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, it will be collected on Saturday 27 December.

Rubbish and clinical waste will be collected on the scheduled collection day the following week.

The table below shows how collections are affected, to view your households full collection calendar go to www.cornwall.gov.uk

Date Rubbish/Clinical Recycling/Garden
Christmas Day

Thursday 25

December

No collection

Next collection on

Thursday 1 January.

No collection 

Next collection on

Saturday 27 December.

Boxing Day

Friday 26 December

No collection

Next collection on Friday 2 January.

No collection

Next collection on

Saturday 27 December.

 These are the only collection days that are affected over Christmas, all other collections will remain unchanged.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

The Household Waste and Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas trees

We will collect real Christmas trees in the weeks starting 12 January and 19 January.  Put your tree out on your normal rubbish collection day on the alternate week to your recycling collection. The trees will be collected for free and then shredded and composted.

You can also take your tree to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

 

Christmas cards

There are various charity collections for Christmas cards.  You can also put them in your cardboard bag as part of your household recycling collection.

 

Envelopes

Envelopes can go in your household recycling collection.  White envelopes should go into the paper bag, coloured or brown envelopes should go with the cardboard.

Wrapping paper

We can take wrapping paper that isn’t coated with foil or plastic.  Please put all non-shiny wrapping paper in bag for paper, and remove any sticky tape, string or ribbons.

Cardboard

Over Christmas there are a lot of extra cardboard boxes. Flatten the boxes and put them in the orange cardboard bag.

If the boxes are too big, flat pack them, tie them in a bundle and put them out next to your recycling. If you have very large amounts of cardboard, you can either take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centres or put it out for the kerbside collection over a couple of weeks.

Tin Foil

Put scrunched up tin foil into the sack for plastic bottles and cans.

Chocolate and biscuit tins

You can put chocolate and biscuit tins out for recycling in the sack for plastic bottles and tins. We can only accept metal sweet and biscuit tins. We can’t take the plastic tubs.

Additional recycling

If you have more kerbside recycling then usual, please put it out in carrier bags.  Glass bottles and jars must be put in a rigid box.

Food waste

Many of us tend to over cater at Christmas, and this shows in the amount of food and extra rubbish we collect in the New Year.

The best way to reduce food waste is to write a shopping list and stick to it.

Think about how many people you will be feeding and just buy enough for them. Remember, if you don’t like sprouts, you don’t have to buy them!

 

Stolen Sarisen Mechanical Landrover 110

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From Rebecca Payne
Stolen – Early hours of Thursday morning from Higher Road Pensilva, Landrover 110 distinctive sign written vehicle, winch on front, worklights on back also all of my husbands tools and diagnostic equipment (mobile mechanic) also stolen in same timeframe were power tools from Mendology garage doors.
We believe the Landrover was taken at around 3AM, it was then sighted at between 7 and 8AM on the lanes between Golberdon and Callington.
My husbands business and livelihood has been taken in one go, because it is such a distinctive vehicle we believe it is likely to be hidden somewhere and at the moment we suspect it could still be in the Golberdon area.
Please report sightings of the vehicle also be on the look out for toerags selling expensive good make tools (snap on, mac tools e.t.c).

UPDATE – Rebecca Payne The landy was found on Saturday pm by someone that had seen our post on fb, obviously the contents have gone.
We along with David Rogers of Mendology garage doors are offering a total reward of £1500 for information leading to a conviction and a sizeable amount of the contents returned.
We believe the stolen items are likely to be in the local area, these people are not professional thieves, they seem to have forgotten a few things.

UPDATE – A white transit van has been seen selling tools in the Pensilva / Callington area. Please tell the police if you come across it.

Honda Stepwagon P227 KBC

Anyone (like the owner) who knows anything about a Honda Stepwagon, Registration number, P227 KBC, which has been parked or abandoned for some considerable time on the Village Hall Car Park, in Church Hill, Pensilva.

Please contactPhil Browning, Environmental Crime Enforcement Officer

Public Protection & Business Support(Area 4)

Cornwall Council, Dolcoath Avenue , Camborne, Cornwall , TR14 8SX
Tel: 01726 223519- Internal: 423519- E-mail: philip.browning@cornwall.gov.uk
www.cornwall.gov.uk