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Rogue traders who claimed to be roofers conned victims out of £85,000

John Harrop and Samuel Smith cold-called their victims after posting leaflets claiming to be professionally registered tradesmen working under the company name Advanced Rooflines.

Durham Crown Court heard yesterday how the pair would provide a quote for works to be carried out, before purposely causing damage and hiking up the bill.

Phillip Morley, prosecuting, said Harrop and Smith took a supervisory role and employed other, also unqualified, people to carry out the work.