Prescot Rogue Trader Found Guilty

By on Friday, July 26, 2013

(Press release: Knowsley Council)

John Read, aged 53 years, from Queens Road in Prescot was remanded in custody at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday. He will be sentenced next week, but the Judge has indicated he will receive an immediate custodial sentence.

At an earlier hearing, Mr Read pleaded guilty to 27 offences – 13 offences were brought by Knowsley Council including fraud, breaches of professional due diligence, aggressive trade practices and obstructing a trading standards officer in their investigations.  A further 14 offences were brought Liverpool Council.

He operated as Mobility and Re-upholstery Centre, trading from premises on High Street in Prescot. Following a number of complaints received by trading standards officers at both Knowsley Council and Liverpool Council, Mr Read had been given advice to comply with doorstep selling regulations.

Complaints included failing to supply goods that had been paid for in advance, poor workmanship in relation to upholstery services, defective mobility goods, delays in the supply of goods and services, incorrect goods supplied and aggressive practices.  In addition, following tests carried out by trading standards officers, his workmanship failed to comply with Furniture (Fire) (Safety) Regulations.  A summons was issued for these matters and also for obstruction offences for failing to give required information when requested to do so.

Whilst the majority of offences were conducted in the Knowsley and Liverpool area, Mr Read also had victims spanning St Helens, Sefton, Warrington, Solihull, Birmingham, Northern Ireland and North Wales.

Cllr Andy Moorhead, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Customer Services said “The court’s decision is a result of a three year investigation.  It demonstrates our continuing determination to protect our residents from unscrupulous rogue traders.

“Mr Read has been preying on innocent people, many of whom were vulnerable.  The support of Mr Read’s victims was instrumental in helping to put this prosecution case together and we will continue to take enforcement action against those who flout the law.”

One Comment

  1. julie

    Monday, July 29, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    its a pity that in the 3 years investigation he was still allowed to trade, my daughter had her couchs fixed by him, i think he wey overcharged her, plus she had to ring ring n ring him up loads to get her couch back,,he said he’d charge her less as she is a student, ye whatever…..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *