Hunt for rogue traders who targeted pensioner, 89

Hunt for rogue traders who targeted pensioner, 89

Hunt for rogue traders who targeted pensioner, 89

First published in News

Last week officers issued a warning to members of the public following a rogue trader incident in Over Wallap.

Officers have now issued an efit of one of the men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident which occurred between midday and 1pm onJune 19 at an address on Salisbury Lane.

Two men approached the home of an 89-year-old man and persuaded him to pay for unnecessary gardening work.

They initially asked for £550 to cut his garden hedge and suggested he visited his bank to withdraw the money.

The men were pushy and one of them began to cut the hedge without permission.

The victim then paid them £150 but they left having carried out minimal work.

The first man is described as:

  • White man
  • About 30-years-old
  • 5ft 8 tall
  • Medium build
  • Untidy short brown hair.

The second suspect is described as:

  • White man
  • About 30-years-old
  • Stout build
  • Short brown hair
  • Clean shaven.

PC Andrew White from Andover police station said: "I would like to speak to anyone who can identify the man pictured in the efit image or who may have seen the men in the area.

"It is believed they were travelling in a Ford Transit drop sided van and may have approached other residents.

"Please remember to ask anyone who knocks on your door for identification and if you are thinking about having any work done follow these tips:

  • Ask friends or relatives to recommend tradesmen
  • Ask for a written quote
  • Shop around before making a decision
  • Don't pay upfront and pay by cheque or credit card
  • Keep an eye out for any elderly relatives or neighbours."

If you have any concerns about rogue traders, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods team by calling 101.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact PC White at Andover police station by calling 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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