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Driveway dealers given suspended jail sentence

The Argus: Councillor Simmons said the case highlighted how residents should be cautious when dealing with doorstep callers Councillor Simmons said the case highlighted how residents should be cautious when dealing with doorstep callers

A PAIR of dodgy driveway dealers have been given suspended jail terms.

Miles Delaney and Johnny Rooney, trading as Everlast Driveways, ‘cold called’ householders in Plumpton Green, near Lewes, offering to block-pave their driveways.

But while some residents were happy with the work, others complained they were hit with additional charges for things they were initially led to believe were part of the contract.

Delaney, 23, of Green Lane, Shipley Bridge, Horley, Surrey, and Rooney, 24, of Weald Street, Bampton, Oxfordshire, were prosecuted following an investigation by East Sussex Trading Standards and admitted participating in a fraudulent business.

In a hearing at Hove Crown Court, they were each given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work.

They were also each ordered to pay £1,625 in compensation to their victims and £1,000 court costs.

Councillor Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council lead member for economy, said: “This case highlights how important it is for residents to be extremely cautious when dealing with doorstep callers.

“People should not be pressured into agreeing for work to be carried out straight away – even if they’re being offered discount prices – and should take the time to do their research and ensure they know who they're dealing with and are paying a reasonable price.

“This prosecution shows how seriously we take these matters and I’d like to commend our Trading Standards officers for their hard work and to thank Sussex Police and the residents of Plumpton Green for their assistance.”

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2:42pm Thu 22 May 14

rolivan says...

Unless they were representing a National Company why would you get 2 people who live in different Counties to carry out work for you.
Unless they were representing a National Company why would you get 2 people who live in different Counties to carry out work for you. rolivan
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3:48pm Thu 22 May 14

Goldenwight says...

rolivan wrote:
Unless they were representing a National Company why would you get 2 people who live in different Counties to carry out work for you.
I suspect that they have probably moved away to avoid lynch mobs.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Unless they were representing a National Company why would you get 2 people who live in different Counties to carry out work for you.[/p][/quote]I suspect that they have probably moved away to avoid lynch mobs. Goldenwight
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5:45pm Thu 22 May 14

NickBrt says...

Strange the addresses they gave. Wouldn't Wild Park Brighton have been more accurate?
Strange the addresses they gave. Wouldn't Wild Park Brighton have been more accurate? NickBrt
  • Score: 7

7:30pm Thu 22 May 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Suspended sentence and a light fine,who said crime does not pay
Suspended sentence and a light fine,who said crime does not pay Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 2

8:27pm Thu 22 May 14

Sussex jim says...

Time and time again the public are warned on various consumer programmes to get a quote in writing from a reputable tradesman.
My advice is to use someone locally, who is recommended by others in your community. Get more than one quote; and do not pay up in full until the project is finished to your satisfaction.
Time and time again the public are warned on various consumer programmes to get a quote in writing from a reputable tradesman. My advice is to use someone locally, who is recommended by others in your community. Get more than one quote; and do not pay up in full until the project is finished to your satisfaction. Sussex jim
  • Score: 3

6:42pm Fri 23 May 14

Mr chock says...

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