What should you do if you are targeted by a rogue trader? Police issue advice after Reepham resident conned

Police are investigating after a burglary in Three Score, near Bowthorpe. Picture: Archant.

Police are investigating after a burglary in Three Score, near Bowthorpe. Picture: Archant.

An elderly resident paid a rogue trader to trim his hedge - and then was asked for a further £200 to clear away the clippings.

However, when they refused to hand over more cash to the doorstep caller, they were persuaded to part with a copper water tank in exchange for their removal.

Norfolk Constabulary revealed details of the Reepham resident's ordeal in a bid to highlight concerns over rogue traders operating in the area.

PC Andy Mason, the force's engagement officer for Broadland, said: 'Reports of rogue traders, cowboy builders and doorstep callers are unfortunately still a concern for both Norfolk Police and Trading Standards Departments. Rogue traders trick people into paying very high prices for unnecessary or shoddy work primarily on homes or garden maintenance.'

What would you do in the same situation?

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To avoid becoming a victim of rogue traders, police are advising residents to follow these simple steps: ?

1, Never agree to have work done by somebody who is just passing or take their word that it needs to be done at all. ?

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2, Never pay for work before it is completed. ?

3, Do not accept any offer from them to drive you to the bank to withdraw money. ?

4, If you need work done, then visit www.checkatrade.com or call by phone on 0333 0146 190 or contact your local councils Trusted Trader Service.

For further crime prevention advice dial 101 and ask to speak to your local Architectural Liaison Officer (ALO) for Norfolk.

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