Unfair trader convicted for dodgy driveways

A trader who laid driveways in Ottery has been convicted for unfair and aggressive practices.

Daniel Doran, 46, was sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid work at Exeter Crown Court for inadequate work after an investigation by Devon County Council’s (DCC) Trading Standards Service.

The trader, who lives in Farringdon, admitted to seven offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations in Ottery and Broadclyst between October 2010 and April 2011.

Doran was ordered to pay compensation of �9,000 to three of his victims, and a further �2,080 in costs to DCC in court last Thursday.

A spokesman for the council said he traded under a variety of names, and cold called people at home.

Doran had previously been advised about legal compliance by Trading Standards officers, but the spokesman said following complaints from his customers, many of whom were elderly, DCC began a detailed investigation in conjunction with police.

His work was examined, and found to be of poor quality.

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The spokesman said: “In addition, false statements were made and aggressive practices used.

“In one incident, an employee of Mr Doran’s demanded �3,300 cash from an elderly customer, despite it previously being agreed the payment would be made by cheque.”

The councillor in charge for Trading Standards Service, Roger Croad, said they will continue to protect residents from unfair practices, but added the best advice is not to do business with people who offer work at the doorstep.

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