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Cowboys cheat one in four

One in four people have fallen victim to bogus builders and repair workers, with the UK shelling out millions every year to cowboy operators, a report out today has revealed.
Homeowners spent an average of more than £500 for bodged jobs, with older people most at risk, according to research carried out for bank Lloyds TSB.

Lloyds surveyed 1,600 people and found that half were not satisfied with the quality of workmanship and one in four were left with damaged walls or ceilings.

More than one in 10 said their home had been flooded by a plumber and a similar number said electricians had left bare wires.

Lloyds TSB Insurance managing director Phil Loney said: 'When faced with a domestic emergency, such as a burst pipe, most of us would be forgiven for reaching for the phonebook and calling the first tradesman we find.

'However, it pays to do a bit of research to ensure that you don' t end up with a bodged job and aren' t left facing a second repair bill.'

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