A NURSE was left raging after she returned from work one evening to find her drive had been dug up and a bill for £2,500 pushed through her letter box.
Tracey Jones, 51, claims she turned down work on her property from a man with a broad Irish accent who knocked on her door last Sunday along with a younger man.
She told them that she and her partner had thought about getting their drive paved but after receiving a quote from them she said she would have to think about it and that she would contact them in future.
However, she was left stunned when she returned from work the next day, January 9, to find a muddy patch of land where her grass and garden path used to be.
Incredibly, a bill had also been pushed through the door of her home in Wolverhampton, west Midlands, asking for £2,500.
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Mum-of-three Tracey, who lives with her partner Carl Osbourne, 47, fumed: “I’m really angry.
“We’re a youngish couple but what if this had happened to someone disabled or elderly?
“I couldn’t believe it when I came home the following evening and my front garden had been completely dug up and they’d left a bill for £2,500.
“All my grass has gone as well as a pathway leading to the back of the property so I have no idea how I’ll manage to get the bins out over the mud.”
Tracey, who is an infection control nurse, said she told the man who knocked on her door that she wasn’t prepared to agree to the work on the doorstep and would contact him if she wanted it carried out.
She added: “I made it absolutely clear to the lad who knocked on my door that I was not able to agree to the work being done there and then.
“When I rang him to ask what on earth they were playing at, he claimed it was all a misunderstanding.
“I won’t be paying them for this mess, but of course we’re now landed with a bill to put this right ourselves.
“I want other residents to be wary about these people, they target properties in need of some work, do the job when the householders are out, bill them and then claim it is a big misunderstanding.
“Presumably some people fall for it and figure that because the work needed doing they agree to pay them. It’s not right.”
The £2,500 bill which was posted through Tracey and Carl’s door was signed by ‘John’ with a leaflet for a company called P&S Paving Ltd.
It read: “To dig out all slabs and gravel area. Then to remove it all and to put a new layer of block pavers all around. Then to put a new layer of hardacre.
“Then to put a new layer of sub-base down. Then to newly tarmac it all and roll it down to a smooth finish. To be paid on completion of customer’s satisfaction.”
A sign advertising the company with their contact number had also been nailed to a nearby tree.
John at P&S Paving, which has premises in Wolverhampton and Dudley, has since claimed the drive being dug up was a mistake.
He said: “It was just a misunderstanding. I thought I had permission to carry out the work, that’s why we did it.”
Tracey has informed Trading Standards and West Midlands Police about the incident and Wolverhampton City Council is now warning people to be on their guard.
A solicitor representing P&S Paving Ltd said the company had no comment to make and threatened legal action if the firm was named.
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