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Good samaritan helping Barkingside family after £4,000 bathroom scam

PUBLISHED: 08:20 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:27 04 February 2015

Nick and Roz Page with children Sophie and Matthew, Nathalie Lammin, Tanya Rabin and Zac Godfrey

Nick and Roz Page with children Sophie and Matthew, Nathalie Lammin, Tanya Rabin and Zac Godfrey

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A family who suffered an “awful” Christmas after being the victims of a scam have had their misfortune reversed by a good samaritan.

Roz Page, 45, and her husband Nick, 44, were ripped off to the tune of almost £4,000 by the owner of a bathroom and kitchen company, who pulled apart their bathroom before disappearing.

But thanks to a businesswoman and her friends, the family are set to receive a new suite.

Roz, of Hastings Avenue, Barkingside, said: “We needed a new bathroom as I suffered a stroke a few years ago and it was getting difficult to get in and out of the bath. The man gave us a brilliant quote and seemed happy to do it.”

But after the bathroom had been “demolished,” he asked for the money and vanished, leaving the family with a temporary toilet.

Roz, who has two children, Sophie, nine, and Matthew, six, said: “It was awful. You can’t believe someone could do that.

“We feel betrayed and violated.”

But the mother, who has a weakness in her left side caused by the stroke, posted about her plight on Facebook and Tanya Rabin, 26, who runs TN Home Improvements, offered to fit a new bathroom.

She and friends are now giving their time for free, with the family paying for the suite.

Tanya said: “I felt really sad for her – I wouldn’t like that to happen to anyone in my family.

“I am glad to be able to help, they are a lovely family.”

Roz added: “We were strangers, but they have become wonderful friends and are part of the family.”

A police spokesman confirmed the incident was a “civil matter”.

A Redbridge Council spokesman said the information has been added to their database adding: “Trading standards is liaising with the consumer and giving advice on the next steps to take.”


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