Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards is advising the public yet again to be vigilant of unsolicited telephone calls offering free loft insulation surveys. These are a ruse to send commission only salesmen round to potentially scam people out of many thousands of pounds.

In a recent case, Herefordshire Council Trading Standards obtained court injunctions against Airtech Insulation Ltd, which while registered in Basingstoke actually operated out of the Bournemouth area targeting home owners all over the country for unnecessary spray foam loft insulation which left many unable to sell their homes and having to pay thousands to have the foam removed.

Recorder Judge Sheehan at Worcester County Court praised Herefordshire Council for their work on the case. The injunctions he imposed order the six defendants in future not to deceive consumers in any way. The order stays in place for a 10 year period. A breach of the order is contempt of court and can lead to a maximum of 2 years imprisonment.

The defendants were company director Stuart Gilmour (71), shareholders Heather and Leah Gilmour (69 & 43), all from Basingstoke, as well as three salesmen: Robert Henson (44) and Cameron Andrews (57) from Bournemouth and Mark Farrell (52 from Liverpool).

Anyone concerned about activity of a potential rogue trader is urged to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline- 0808 2231133.