Gorleston home improvements firm owner prosecuted over unfair …


A man has been prosecuted over unfair trading regulations

A man has been prosecuted over unfair trading regulations

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

11:08 AM

The Gorleston owner of a home improvements business has been given a conditional discharge after admitting misleading a customer in Lowestoft.

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Eli Green, 45, of Burgh Road, admitted two offences of engaging in a commercial practice which was misleading under Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading regulations. The offences related to wording on leaflets, uniforms, documents and advertising on his van and omitting to tell a customer of his right to cancel a transaction. On Monday, at Ipswich Crown Court, Green was given a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered to pay 1,000 costs.

Angela Lambert, prosecuting, said the offences arose out of a routine inspection by trading standards officers accompanied by police officers in Lowestoft in September 2010. They saw two young men cleaning the driveway of a bungalow with a pressure washer and discovered the men had given the owner a leaflet headed E&G Home Improvements Ltd. The bungalow s owner had not been told of his right to cancel the work.

A check with Companies House showed there was not a company in the name on the leaflet.

John Farmer, mitigating, said Green was illiterate, had not got anyone to check the name on the van, and had cancellation documents in the vehicle.

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