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Trader guilty of consumer protection offences

A Poole man has pleaded guilty to unfair trading practices at Bournemouth Crown Court.
Thomas Bailey, aged 22, of Bowden Road, Poole, pleaded guilty on 11 December 2014 to four charges in relation to the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, following a successful prosecution by Borough of Poole Trading Standards.

The offences related to work, including tarmacing driveways, carried out by Mr Bailey at three properties - two in Broadstone and a third in Merley. The court heard that Mr Bailey, trading as Bailey and Sons Paving and Bailey and Sons Drives, provided a false address on the contract and advertising card. In addition, he ticked the box on the contract which waived the rights of two consumers to their 'cooling off' period without their knowledge and agreement.

Mr Bailey instructed his barrister that he would agree to pay his victims compensation of £3,600, £2,600 and £486. He was also given a conditional discharge for one year and required to pay Borough of Poole's legal costs.

Judge Johnson said that Mr Bailey had pleaded guilty to the four counts at a relatively late stage in the trial. He also told Mr Bailey that he was of previous good character, but his actions had brought the trade into disrepute.

James Norman, Regulatory Team Manager, Borough of Poole Trading Standards, said: "We are satisfied with this sentence. We are committed to protecting our residents from unscrupulous traders and we hope this sends a clear message that Poole Trading Standards will come after such traders and bring them to justice."

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole said: "Anyone can be targeted by rogue traders, so if you need work done on your homes make sure you use our trading standards approved trader scheme, www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or call 08454 040506 for details of vetted tradesmen."