Rogue traders who target vulnerable people at their front doors have themselves been targeted - as police and community wardens carried out random checks last week on homes having work done.

Royal Borough trading standards officers joined police and community wardens on Wednesday last week - for Operation Rogue Trader.

They distributed 200 leaflets in high risk areas, where homes were likely to be occupied by vulnerable people. Five visits were made to homes where people have complained about traders, while seven target visits were made after intelligence had been received so that checks could be made that a trader was on the approved register.

On top of that 21 random 'check' visits were made to homes where work was being undertaken.

One 'roofer' was revealed through his registration plate as being wanted for fraud offences and failure to appear in court.

On another visit a small shingle driveway was being laid and the householder stated that the price of the job had already increased from £500 to £1,000.

In one house, a worker was found with no identification and immigration checks are now in progress.

Anyone who is concerned about work being carried out by tradesman or companies should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506, or visit their website www.citizensadvice.org.uk.