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Father and son chimney sweeps 'planted dead pigeons' in people's homes to drum up work


Martin Price, 59, and his son, 33-year-old Luke, are accused of “grossly overcharging” their customers and of leaving work uncompleted. The pair have appeared at the City of London Magistrate’s Court.

They are both charged with conspiring to defraud customers who requested chimney sweeping services.

The charges relate to their activity between July 2017 and April 2019.

This comes after they were confronted by the BBC’s “Watchdog Rogue Traders”.

The BBC reports that Luke “has a habit of turning up to people’s houses with dead birds claiming he found them in their chimneys”.

They caught the duo “planting a dead pigeon” before charging “sky-high” prices to fit chimney cowls, stopping birds from nesting, that were not even required.

The job they were actually called out and paid to do – sweep the chimney – was not completed.

Luke admitted to the broadcaster that he had planted dead birds and pushed customers to pay for chimney cowls.

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The charge against Luke claims that he “conspired together with Martin Price to defraud those who had booked chimney sweeping services, by conduct including charging for the removal of dead birds and birds’ nests that had been planted in the chimneys at their properties”.

It adds that the pair conspired together in the act of “charging for other consequent but unnecessary work, charging for work that was not completed and grossly overcharging for work said to have been completed”.

Luke faces two charges of aiding and abetting fraudulent trading.

He also faces one charge of participating in fraudulent business carried on by a sole trader.

His father, Martin, is also charged with fraud by false representation.

On top of this, he is accused of fraud by false representation in respect of an actress working at the BBC.

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