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BBC One's 'Cowboy Trap' returns

Published: 26 January 2011
Programme designed to catch out 'cowboy' workmen is back for third series and presenter Clive Holland is keen to hear about the nation's building problems.
BBC One's 'Cowboy Trap' returns
Mr Holland and his team will be filming throughout the UK looking for people whose lives and properties are currently in a state of chaos or disruption thanks to 'cowboy' workmen be it builders, plumbers, electricians or even decorators. Once the damage from work - or lack of it - is assessed, his team will then attempt to rectify the problems.

"The series has really hit a chord with viewers and there are still builders out there behaving improperly and causing people anxiety and stress as a result", he said.

"We're looking for more stories from people who have been victim of bad workmanship that for example hasn't passed basic building standards or work that has never been completed or botched with builders refusing to return and remedy the bad workmanship; or people who have paid money up front to the builder who hasn't finished the job and walked off leaving the owner out of pocket.

"I want to keep raising awareness of the pit falls out there and help viewers protect themselves."

Anyone who has had such an experience or knows of someone who could benefit from Mr Holland's expertise and his team's help can contact Mentorn Media on 020 7258 6724 or email

In October the OFT warned homeowners to beware of rogue traders after 5,300 complaints were received about traders offering home maintenance work on the doorstep - a 16% rise from the previous year.

Rogue locksmith Mark Makowski was also jailed for four years last year after being found guilty of 15 counts of fraud. At his hearing at the Old Bailey on July 22, 2010, the jury ruled that Mr Makowski was responsible for installing inferior products, charging a premium rate to unsuspecting customers and operating under a number of company names.

He had previously been investigated by the BBC's Rogue Traders and was featured on Watchdog in September.


Published prior to March 2014
By rob
clive made a big mistake in cowboy trap on the 26/8/11

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