27th Feb, 2021

Police warn vigilance after pensioner targeted by suspected rogue trader

Laura Kearns 21st Jun, 2017

A PENSIONER had to call police following a suspected rogue trader incident in Shipston.

On Tuesday (June 20) a woman was weeding her garden when she was approached by a man offering to gravel the area for free.

He said the gravel was spare and it would stop any weeds growing back in the future.

The elderly lady agreed and as the gravel was being put down he told her it was going to cost 60p per metre. When asked for a final price the man would not provide one until the job was complete. At this point he quoted £450 and offered to take the lady to the bank to get the money.

After a phone call to her son the lady called the police.

Officers are now asking people to be vigilant and watch out for friends and neighbours who are having similar work completed.

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