Police warn public about rogue traders in Newton Abbot

(Last Updated On: September 28, 2017)

Police have warned the public about rogue traders targeting elderly and vulnerable residents.

There were two incidents yesterday, 27th Sept involving rogue traders in Newton Abbot yesterday.

Posting on Facebook, Newton Abbot Police said:

“The first address they attended the males stated to the occupant that when working at a neighbouring property they noticed the occupants roof had a leak and a bird was inside so they needed to take a look, they were let into the address however were told by the occupant to come back later when a family member was present, the males did return and were asked which company they were from and their business card was requested, but not provided and no ID shown.
A further incident occurred where a resident witnessed the same males being mildly aggressive towards her elderly neighbour and were pressuring him to hand over a large amount of money for roofing materials.
One male is described as approx 40-50yrs stocky build, 5ft 8, dark hair with a small ponytail, with a bandage on his hand, the second male is younger approx 30-40yrs medium build, approx 5ft 8, with very short black hair,”

They also advised that If you have elderly neighbours or family, to speak to them and warn them of this type of scam, also to advise them not to let strangers into their property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk


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