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Rogue trader warning after elderly woman is cold-called in Gorleston

PUBLISHED: 15:17 14 May 2014 | UPDATED: 19:04 14 May 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses

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Residents in the Gorleston area are being asked to be vigilant following a suspected rogue trader incident.

It happened on Monday, April 28 when a man cold-called at an address in Beccles Road and told the elderly resident a tile was loose on the roof.

The man said the tile could fall and hurt someone and offered to repair it for £75 which the victim agreed to.

A minimal amount of work appears to have been carried out for which the victim, a woman in her 80s, was charged for.

Police are now investigating after the incident was reported last week and officers are urging residents to be on their guard to anyone who cold-calls at their property.

Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards Officers request that residents never agree to have work done, or buy goods from, someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.

Often such traders don’t provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods - which is all too often the case.

Such traders often ask for cash up-front, and don’t offer the entitled seven-day cancellation rights also.

For further crime prevention advice visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

To report incidents of suspicious activity call the non-emergency number 101.

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