St Albans college team come to the rescue
PUBLISHED: 13:22 24 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 20 February 2013
ELDERLY victims of a conman who disappeared with £800 paid up front for building work have not lost out thanks to the kindness of a Hertfordshire housebuilder and a team of student brickies from Oaklands College.
ELDERLY victims of a conman who disappeared with 800 paid up front for building work have not lost out thanks to the kindness of a Hertfordshire housebuilder and a team of student brickies from Oaklands College.
Taylor Wimpey, the developer building new homes off Highfield Lane in St Albans, donated 2,000 bricks, and a group of bricklayers on a full-time course at the college in St Albans volunteered their labour for free after Hertfordshire Trading Standards put out a call for help on behalf of the pensioners.
The great-grandparents, both in their 80s, were cheated out of a large chunk of their savings by the rogue trader who demanded money up front for materials before completing work on a garden wall.
We were taken in by a nasty deceitful man who deprived us of our savings and made life miserable for me, my wife and my whole family, said the retired tailor-cutter.
The trader offered his services last summer when the couple wanted to replace the hedge at the front of their Batchwood home with a wall. But once hed pocketed the cash, he vanished.
I tried to contact him but heard nothing, said the 80-year-old who doesnt want to be identified. I tracked him down at a rented office and asked him what was happening but he was very aggressive and threatening towards me. I have worked hard all my life. For someone to come along and take what little we had hurt us very much.
They reported the incident to Trading Standards which is now investigating. County council leader Keith Emsall praised Oaklands College and Taylor Wimpey, the Trading Standards officers who put out the SOS for help and also thanked other businesses who supplied additional materials at a discount.