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Lincolnshire Trading Standards in new alert over fake 'highways' team




People in South Holland are being warned about reports of cold callers business by claiming to be from the county's highways team.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards is looking into the reports of householders being misled into having road resurfacing or pothole repairs done outside their homes.

Joanne Hocking, senior trading standards officer for Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We have been made aware of a company which is allegedly misleading people into believing they are from 'highways' and offering to carry out resurfacing work, such as repairing potholes.

A company is offering to repair potholes after claiming they are working for the county's highways team.
A company is offering to repair potholes after claiming they are working for the county's highways team.

"Residents should take care to research any company before agreeing a contract of work with them, especially if they are responsible for a community facility, town or parish council."

If you think a business has broken the law or acted unfairly, you can report them to Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service by visiting www.citizensadvice.org.uk or call 0808 223 1133.

Karen Cassar, the county council's assistant director for highways, said: "A highways officer, or one of our contractors, would never approach someone out of the blue and offer to do work for them.

"If you are ever unsure as to whether someone is working on behalf of the highways team, contact the council on 01522 552222 to confirm before agreeing to anything."


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