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‘Fraudulent’ builders who scammed Havering’s eldery imprisoned

William Eastwood

William Eastwood, 31, of Chelsmford Road, Wickford, and Jack Harbour, 31, of Wellstye Green, Basildon, were convicted of fraud after Havering Council’s Trading Standards Team found elderly Havering residents were being targeted for ‘false building work’.

Three vulnerable Havering residents – and one from wider Essex – was falsely made to believe their homes required building work after Eastwood and Harbour approached them. This ‘work’ would begin immediately and for grossly inflated prices.

A surveyor later examined this ‘work’ and deemed it unneeded, inadequately completed, significantly overpriced.

Eastwood pled guilty to fraud by false representation and was handed 3 years and 2 months in prison.

Harbour was handed a 14 month sentence suspended for 2 years. He will also complete 200 hours of unpaid work and have to abide by an electronic curfew for 3 months.

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council, said:

“This is further evidence of the outstanding results our Trading Standards team continue to achieve, working closely with the Police.

Our aim is keep our residents safe and informed. The Buy With Confidence scheme helps Havering residents find trading standards approved traders and local businesses and hopefully, reduce the opportunities for criminals like this to target our elderly and vulnerable.”

Detective Sergeant Rachel Barrett from Essex Police Economic Crime Unit said:

“This is a fantastic result and removing one rogue trader from the community and having stringent conditions placed on another has undoubtedly prevented further vulnerable people from people scammed.

Fraudsters and con artists such as these manipulate and persuade victims into doing something and can target absolutely anyone.”

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