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Father and son roofing duo sentenced

A Surrey father and son have been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after admitting rogue trading offences.

Frank Wenman Snr and Frank Wenman Jnr, of Dunsfold, near Godalming overcharged for poor quality roofing and driveway work at two homes last year.

They were sentenced by Wycombe magistrates following a prosecution brought by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards*.

The court heard that the duo were in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire when they were flagged down by a resident to repair a copper strip on his roof. But they convinced him he needed more work done on his flat roof, and to his driveway.

While there, they were approached by the man’s neighbour to do work on his roof. Again, they found more work they said needed doing. 

The invoices for both jobs totalled £5,200.

But when surveyors, sent in by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, examined the work they felt it was unnecessary, incomplete and overpriced, particularly considering the quality of the work, magistrates were told.

The Wenmans admitted two counts under 2008 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading regulations and also admitted failing to make the second resident aware of his right to cancel the contract. The offences took place in May 2014.

Magistrates heard that after they were charged, the Wenmans, of Plaistow Road, Dunsfold had offered compensation totalling £2,500 to the two residents.

On 23 September, Frank Wenman Jnr was fined £500 for each offence, £50 victim surcharge and £2,000 costs – a total of £3,550.

Frank Wenman Snr was fined £110 for each offence, £20 victim surcharge and £354 costs – a total of £704.

Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: ‘This sentence sends a message to traders who try to rip people off with excessive charges that trading standards officers will track them down and bring them to justice.’

*Buckinghamshire and Surrey operate a joint trading standards service

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