Block paving company taken to court for dubious practices

Jim Coffey a director from Almondsbury’s Interlock Drives, Ltd, a block paving company, has pleaded guilty to fraud charges. He admitted to six criminal offenses while appearing in Bristol Crown Court. Coffey, 34, from Over Lane plead guilty under the Fraud Act 2006 as well as the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Six similar offences were also admitted by the company.

After Trading Standards officers received complaints from South Gloucestershire residents about the way the company used certain tactics to win business Trading Standards officers investigated. High pressure sales techniques caused worked to be performed that was not agreed upon and misled a customer into having work done that was unnecessary thus raising concerns in the area.

The case took a great deal of time to put together, involving over a year’s time with four different victims, said the senior enforcement officer Neil Derrick at the South Gloucestershire Council. But he reiterated they are determined to protecting their residents and he is pleased that Mr. Coffey pleaded guilty to the charges because the residents do not need those sorts of high pressured techniques used against them.

The licensing manager and Trading Standards officer Mark Pullin of South Gloucestershite said they are pleased to work with colleagues in Bristol to combat incidents of rouge business trading. Sentencing for Mr. Coffey is scheduled for June 14.