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Rogue trader fined

PUBLISHED: 16:43 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 10:46 12 August 2010

A TREE surgeon who was exposed on the BBC s Rogue Traders has been fined £500 for dodgy trading practices. Shaun Varey, 19, from Dartford, traded as Beechwood Tree Services and Kent Tree Services charging extortionate prices for basic services.

A TREE surgeon who was exposed on the BBC's Rogue Traders has been fined £500 for dodgy trading practices.

Shaun Varey, 19, from Dartford, traded as Beechwood Tree Services and Kent Tree Services charging extortionate prices for basic services.

He was exposed on the BBC in October last year on both Rogue Traders and Watchdog showing limited knowledge of trees and plants, overcharging for services and claiming to have carried out work he had not.

Bromley Trading Standards received a string of complaints about his work between February and June last year and he promised to amend his practices and provide the correct paperwork.

But following another complaint in August last year, trading standards officers took him to Bromley Magistrates Court charged with two offences.

He pleaded guilty to offences under the Business Names Act 1985 and the Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer's Home or Place of Work Regulations 2008 last Wednesdayand was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £500.

Rob Vale, Trading Standards manager said: "We are satisfied with the outcome and hope that Mr Varey, should he decide to return to this line of work, is mindful of our intentions not to tolerate traders who continue to break the law.

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