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Cumbria Police target road traders on M6

Police targeted rogue traders. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police have taken part in a day of action targeting rogue traders in the county.

The multi-agency operation saw them work with Trading Standards, and other organisations, to stop and search vehicles on the M6.

More than 25 vans and trucks at the Todhills site were searched, in a bid to stop criminals using the county's roads.

There were a number of reasons why drivers were dealt with, from some having loads over the legal limit, to truck drivers who had gone over their permitted driving time, to those suspected to be claiming benefits while working.

These operations act as a deterrent to rogue traders and criminals of any kind who may be travelling through the county, and we will continue to carry out this sort of activity in order to keep criminals off our roads and out of our communities.”

– Sergeant James Bailey

Traders sign up to protect customers

The Trusted Trader scheme is proving popular. Credit: ITV Border

Ever been targeted by a rogue trader?

A new scheme in Dumfries and Galloway aims to protect customers, and more than 50 traders have already signed up.

The Trusted Trader scheme sees home improvement businesses get online feedback - you can see reviews of their work, and decide which tradesman to chose.

Traders can join the project for free, but they need to have been in business for six months.


Police crackdown on rogue traders in Dumfries and Galloway

Bogus builders in the region are being warned that there's nowhere to hide, with the launch of a new initiative to target the problem.

Today was a so called 'day of action' as police in Dumfries and Galloway performed road side checks and high visibility patrols.

The aim is simple - to protect vulnerable people from being ripped off by rogue traders.

John Bevir reports: