Rogue traders are targeting householders in Warwickshire in a scam where crooks are trying to cash in on a tree-killing disease.

Simon Cripwell, spokesman for Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards team, said: “Across the region there have been reports of unscrupulous tree surgeons using the recent national publicity given about ash dieback to misinform tree owners in order to carry out unnecessary work.

“Such work has often led to a cost to the owner and the unnecessary felling of trees. Any householder or landowner who is advised that he or she has a tree that is diseased or dangerous should seek a second opinion if they do not have the expertise themselves.

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