Two weeks ago we told you about a ‘rouge roofer’ in North Yorkshire who was handed a 9-month suspended prison sentence for ‘aggressive trading’. Now, one cowboy roofer in Bradford has failed to escape a jail sentence as the number of rouge tradesmen in Yorkshire continues to grow.

Only six weeks after he gave an assurance to Trading Standards officers that he would trade fairly, Bradford roofer Andrew Roberton “pressurised” elderly people into having building work done at “vastly inflated prices” and, as a result, was handed a 12 month custodial sentence.

Roberton, who trades under the company name SAS Roofline, was sent to prison by magistrates after he admitted offences under the Fraud Act at a previous hearing.

According to West Yorkshire Trading Standards he; “repeatedly targeted elderly and vulnerable people” throughout Yorkshire and Humberside. They said he often cold-called his victims, pressurising them into having often unnecessary building work done, at vastly inflated prices.

He cleverly tricked and persuaded people into having work done by telling them that they could claim Government grants for the work and that their gutters and pipes contained dangerous asbestos, the organisation said.

One pensioner, who was living with the effects of a stroke, agreed to let Roberton replace her gutters after the roofer had led her to believe she was in immediate danger.  After learning of his deception she cancelled the £2,300 cheque before it was cashed by the conman.

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