"We won't be duped", nevertheless, we were.

On Thursday, April 8, a "tree surgeon" priced a job to lop some conifer trees.

Hand shakes and a verbal agreement to total price of £4,500.

The team would return the next day to start work when they would want part payment.

Yes they did return, initially accepting £2,500 then began the work.

Did the most minmal amount, then said it was their lunch break.

Yes, you've guessed the outcome, conifers still standing and £2,500 out of pocket.

They were too professional for words, scammers, yes, so beware of similar work being offered in the Shirley area.

Two very despondent pensioners.

Name and address provided