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Former Darlington rogue trader facing jail
A ROGUE trader is facing jail for overcharging for roofing work which was sometimes unnecessary and misleading customers about his business.
John Smith pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations when he appeared in court yesterday.
The 36-year-old admitted not giving a customer a notice in writing telling him that he had seven days to cancel the contract, after cold-calling him.
He also accepted failing to give consumers his name and address on business documents and putting misleading statements in the Yellow Pages.
Smith - originally from Darlington but now living in Cumbria - ripped off householders in North Yorkshire to the value of more than £17,500.
He also admitted contravening the requirements of professional diligence - doing inadequate and unnecessary roofing work, which was also overpriced.
Smith put misleading statements in the Yellow Pages that his was an established family business, and was local to Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.
Smith, of Low Harker, Carlisle, will return to court on October 8 to be sentenced after background probation reports have been prepared on him.