Rogue trader accused appear before courts

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Two men have appeared in court accused of committing fraud offences by carrying out substandard workmanship and charging vastly inflated prices.

Michael Byker, 33, of Garnett Street, Barrowford, is accused of making a false representation by carrying out work in Leyland between June 6 and 12 2014, intending to make a gain of £6,300.

He is accused of a similar offence in Wigan where it is alleged he intended to make a gain of around £17,000.

Jamie McCool, also 33, of Leamington Street, Nelson, is accused of the same offences.

A third man is charged in relation to the same case but failed to appear at court.

The charges relate to allegations about roofing work carried out in the area, Preston Magistrates’ Court heard.

The men will next appear at Preston Crown Court on April 2 and have been granted conditional bail by the court in the meantime.