Police warning after rogue traders target the elderly 

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Police have warned the public are two incidents of rogue traders targeting elderly people in Newton Abbot.

The incidents took place on 30th and 31st August.

Devon and Cornwall Police stated on their website:

“The first at an address on Halcyon Way, Newton Abbot where a woman in her 90’s was cold called by a man who claimed that her guttering needed to be repaired. After undertaking the work, he returned the following morning and demanded a much higher price than originally quoted.The second incident took place at an address on Templers Road, where a man in his 80’s was cold called stating that his guttering had a leak and needed to be repaired, and demanded cash up front It is believed that this man was paid for his work and then also stole money from the victim,”

Detective Constable Jon Aggett from Teignbridge and South Hams CID, said: “We are appealing to the public for two reasons. The first is to help us identify these men who have targeted these vulnerable people and to pressurise them into paying an extortionate amount for work; one has even stolen off the victim. 

“Secondly, to make people aware of these type of people operating in the area. They usually target the elderly and use high-pressure tactics. If you have elderly neighbours or family, please speak to them and warn them of this latest crime.

“At no time should you agree to have work undertaken by a cold caller. Any tradesmen worth his weight in salt will always quote for work and would never pressurise a person for cash on the spot. Always contact a reputable builder, do not trust a rogue trader knocking on doors for work.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime number CR/74639/17.

You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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