Ipswich and Essex victims reimbursed after rogue traders forced to hand over £59k
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Ten Ipswich victims fleeced by an Essex father and son team are to be reimbursed after the rogue traders were forced to hand back £59,000.
Thomas and Myles Doran compelled more than a dozen people aged 57 to 87 into parting with the cash for work on their driveways patio and fencing.
The pair, who are from Clacton Road, Weeley, near Clacton, preyed on vulnerable victims in Ipswich, Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze.
Earlier this year Thomas Doran, 39, and his 19-year-old son were spared jail for using aggressive tactics. These included demanding cash up front and starting work before a cooling off period had expired.
Their convictions at Ipswich Crown Court followed an extensive investigation by Suffolk’s Trading Standards team, and involved more than 20 complaints.
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In one case the company started repairs on a woman’s driveway before she had agreed to have any work done.
In another a customer had been told he had to pay the company £500 which he did not have, and was subsequently driven by Myles to a bank to get the money out.
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In addition the pair used a Guild of Mastercraftsmen badge, even though they were not members of the trade body.
Today, seven of the Dorans’ Ipswich victims - who paid out between £2,730 and £6,801 - will have their money returned in a presentation at Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House.
Another couple from the Colchester area will also attend and get their £4,000 back.
Five other individuals and couples who are unable to be at the event will also be reimbursed.
A spokesman for Suffolk Trading Standards said: “We are very grateful the people getting their money back were brave enough to give witness statements and support the case, even risking having to give evidence in court.
“By doing so they have helped make sure the Dorans were unable to continue their practices and stopped others from becoming victims.
“Suffolk Trading Standards officers are delighted with the outcome of the case. Our service aim is to create a ‘Rogue-Free Suffolk’, and tackling the Dorans’ activities has helped us to move towards attaining this.”
The Dorans admitted 10 counts of Consumer Protection Regulation charges in Suffolk and Essex.
The charges related to work carried out in 2012 from Thomas Doran’s business Clacton Reinforced Paving, which is no longer in existence.
Some customers had complained of brickwork faults and the driveway sloping towards the premises, causing problems with water drainage, and trip hazards.
Thomas Doran was sentenced to 16 months concurrent jail sentences, suspended for two years, and banned from being a company director for seven years.
Myles Doran was sentenced to a community order of 18 months with 18 months supervision, and 80 hours of unpaid work.