Bogus traders advice

27 Apr 2016 10:22 AM

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Police are advising residents to be cautious when arranging to having work done to their homes or gardens.

This follows an incident in Hetton-le-Hole between Monday, February 15 and Monday, February 29, when a resident, a 76-year-old man, paid £600 to a man he did not know to repair a fence in his garden.

The resident paid the cash up-front for materials prior to any work being carried out. The man took the cash but has not carried out any work and has not been contactable since.

The elderly resident was initially put in contact with the man via another tradesman, a man who had previously carried out roofing work in the Hetton-le-hole area. Enquiries to trace either tradesmen have been unsuccessful and the householder remains out of pocket.

PC Ken Walton said: "We want to remind people to be vigilant. Always get quotes from a number of companies before agreeing to work being done, and check identities of workmen and the company's credentials.

"Never agree to work being done by people who cold call at your home. 

"People should also look out for elderly relatives and neighbours and report any suspicious people or vehicles they see in their community to police. If in doubt contact officers.

"Anyone with information about either tradesman believed to be operating in this area is asked to contact police quoting reference 519 290216."

Anyone with information about this is asked to contact police on 101, to report a crime ongoing dial 999. If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

More crime prevention advice can be found at the force website at

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