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‘Don’t be roped in by rogue traders - call 999,’ says Dacorum’s police chief as suspected cowboy is arrested

Police urge people, particularly the elderly, not to open the door to unexpected callers.

Police urge people, particularly the elderly, not to open the door to unexpected callers.

A suspected rogue trader has been arrested after a woman in her 70s was duped out of money on Hemel Hempstead’s Grovehill estate.

The victim had agreed to pay three men who knocked at her door and convinced her she needed urgent repairs to her garden fence last Tuesday. After the work was carried out, the cowboys returned the following day demanding extra cash to carry out more work.

A 51-year-old man from Redbourn was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Dacorum’s Chief Insp Glen Channer said: “People who commit these types of offences can use pressure and intimidation to make the victim agree to the work. Usually the work the offenders say need doing is unnecessary and, when they do ask for payment, it is completely overpriced.

“Rogue traders prey on the most vulnerable in society, increasing the amount of work that needs doing and subsequently conning them out of vast sums of money.

“I would use this as an opportunity to encourage people to protect themselves by simply saying no and shutting the door on cold-calling doorstep traders. If you think you need work carried out on your home, use a local authority approved trader scheme to find a reputable workman.”

If you think a rogue trader is at the door, call police on 999.

 

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