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Unregistered plumber Gareth Redford jailed for unsafe gas work

Gareth Scott Redford has been sentenced to serve 16 months in prison for carrying out unsafe gas work.

 

Cambridge Crown Court heard how Mr Redford, a plumber, carried out gas work at four properties in the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire areas. Concerns were raised in 2014 and the homeowners of each property separately made complaints to Gas Safe Register.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards (CCCTS) found Mr Redford carried out the gas work at the properties when he was unregistered. The work he conducted at several properties was deemed unsafe, putting homeowners and residents at risk of harm.

During interview with Trading Standards and Health and Safety Executive officers, Mr Redford admitted safety breaches at some of the properties. He denied any criminal intent.

Gareth Scott Redford of Blaydon Place, Sutton, Cambridgeshire pleaded guilty to 14 breaches under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Fraud Act 2006, and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.


 

Speaking after the case HSE inspector Graeme Warden said:

“Mr Redford put the homeowners and residents at risk of harm, when he conducted gas work while unregistered.

“Both CCCTS and HSE worked closely and collaboratively in the investigative stages of this case and throughout to get this result.”

 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Head of Trading Standards, Peter Gell, said:

“The safety of our residents is paramount. In this case it was immediately recognised the trader had induced people to have boilers replaced and he led them to believe he was qualified and authorised to do so.

“Gas Safe staff identified a number of safety issues that exposed the householders to risk. We will continue to work with our partners to keep the people of Cambridgeshire safe and we won’t tolerate this type of rogue trading in our county.”

 

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