Dodgy Wigan plumber with fake ID is jailed

Clifford Waterhouse announced his company had all the necessary certifications to perform such expert work, the district court

But the documents and online claims were bogus and as a result the 54-year-old Barn Lane man Golborne was involved in life-threatening crime.

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It was also revealed that he had a history of such unsafe practices.

Waterhouse had been accused of falsely claiming he was ‘registered with gas safety’ for jobs at Loch Street, Pemberton and Smethurst Road, Billinge, last year for which he allegedly received payments of £ 355 and £ 90.

Waterhouse continued to visit the home of a family with two young children where its poor quality repairs caused lingering problems and he did not cooperate with authorities during the investigation.

It was further alleged that he provided a false name and engineer identification number on a gas maintenance manual operations booklet and advertised his company – Wigan Emergency Plumbers 24 -7 – on as “Gas Safe Registered” when it was not. the

He pleaded guilty to seven counts against him last month and has now returned to the same court to find out his fate.

Sentencing him to eight months in prison in total, the president of justice told him: “The offense was so serious because it is a breach of the trust of your clients.

“The potential consequences of your actions could have caused serious injury or even death.

“The public needs protection from you because you have committed similar offenses in the past. “

Councilor Paul Prescott, Environment Cabinet Portfolio Holder at Wigan Council, said: ‘We are pleased with the outcome of this case, as this man’s actions could have had a potentially devastating effect on life. of

“Our Trade Standards team is working hard to support and protect residents from rogue traders and will continue to take action in court where

In addition to his custodial sentence, Waterhouse has a hefty bill to pay.

Due to all the inquiries involved in his malpractice he will have to pay £ 3,645 in court

He also owes an additional £ 156 to victim support services.

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