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Wokingham man sentenced for aggressive trading offences

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John Cooper

A MAN from Wokingham has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aggressive trading and breaching trade laws.

John Cooper, 44, of Carina Drive, pleaded guilty to 11 offences of being a trader engaged in commercial practice which was aggressive under the Unfair Trading Regulations.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, October 12.

The charges related to incidents which took place in Woodley, Wokingham and Bracknell between December 2015 and February 2016. Cooper targeted his victims by offering building work which was often unnecessary, poorly completed and overpriced. He was charged on July 12.

Sean Murphy, Trading Standards manager at West Berkshire and Wokingham Trading Standards Service, said: “This is the latest in a series of examples of colleagues from Thames Valley Police and Trading Standards working together to tackle the scourge of rogue trading.

“This was a good example of joint agency working and will hopefully send a strong message to doorstep traders and tradesmen that this type of aggressive cold calling and targeting vulnerable residents is totally unacceptable.

“Crimes of this nature can have a high impact on victims’ lives and for this reason investigating these crimes remains a priority to us. We would urge people where they have concerns to contact trading standards or the police.”

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