Garden business owner jailed for offences including using 'Notcutts' name

Cambridge Crown Court heard how Thomas Twinley, 38, of Grange Park Fen Road, Cambridge pretended to be associated with Notcutts to increase prices above those quoted and heard from Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards how he had tried to pressurise potential clients into having work done.

The Court heard how Twinley traded under the name ‘Notcutts Tree and Garden Services’. 

Notcutts Limited asked Twinley to change the name, which he did to Green Thumb Tree Services.

Recorder Guy Ayres said: "I am going to keep sentence as short as possibly can. But it doesn’t seem to me right to deal with this other than by an immediate custodial sentence. The message has to go out that this type of behaviour is not acceptable. You cannot read and write, but I believe that you have a great deal of nous and cunning. You were taking advantage of those people to make money that you were not entitled to do. 

"Trading Standards have tried to help you. They have sat down and spoken to you. They have tried to talk you through the right way of doing things. But you were either not listening, or you did not want to and chose not to take that advice."

Cambridgeshire County Council trading standards officer Frank Pasfield said: "It is disappointing that despite coming to our attention before on similar matters Mr Twinley has continued to carry out his trading activities in a fraudulent manner. We welcome this sentence which sends a strong message to fraudsters who try to prey on vulnerable people. Trading Standards will pursue you and whenever appropriate bring you to justice. We would also like to take this opportunity to praise the witnesses and complainants who bravely came forward to give evidence and hopefully stop this from happening to others."

Twinley, was found guilty on 12 February of six counts of fraud and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations offences including, an aggressive practice, giving a misleading price, misleading association with Notcutts, false address and not giving cancellation rights to consumers. He received two sentences of six months in prison to run concurrently plus four concurrent three month sentences. 

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