Four people have been arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of rogue traders preying on vulnerable people and carrying out shoddy work in Chester. Three men and one woman were arrested and are now in custody following raids at properties in Chester and Mold, North Wales.
Detectives from Cheshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit executed warrants at the two properties following allegations which included charging extortionate prices for carrying out no work at all. Three men aged 61, 43 and 21 and a 41-year-old woman were arrested at an address in the Elton area.
A second raid took place at an address in Mold, Flintshire. The raids, which took place in the early hours of yesterday morning (September 30), were part of an investigation into allegations of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering after police received reports of rogue traders operating in Chester.
Officers seized a vehicle, jewellery and cash during the raids. A Cheshire Police spokesperson said that all four were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering and remained in custody at this stage.
Detective Constable Gareth Yates said: “These arrests form part of an investigation into rogue traders preying on vulnerable people and carrying out shoddy work, or even no work at all for extortionate prices. This investigation is part of our commitment here in the Economic Crime Unit to protect our vulnerable residents and target those who try to take advantage, stealing thousands of pounds in the process.”
Anyone with concerns about rogue traders in their community is urged to report it to Cheshire Police via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/.