A plumber who was caught carrying out illegal gas work by the BBC programme Rogue Traders has been jailed for six months.

Andrew John Carslake, 42, who traded as Aqua Plumbing, admitted breaching health and safety laws at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday.

Carslake had previously been served a prohibition notice in 2008 after the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) received a complaint from a householder concerning gas work that he had carried out. The notice ordered him not to carry out further gas work until he registered with CORGI – now Gas Safe Register – or was supervised by another registered gas engineer.