Rogue traders strike at Grantham homes

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Police are warning householders to be vigilant after two incidents of rogue trading in Grantham.

The incidents both happened on Monday. In one incident at least two males knocked at a householder’s door asking if they could clean the driveway or clear the guttering. A white Fiat van with Irish vehicle registration mark 07-MO-4915 was seen.

In the other incident, three males knocked at the door of a property in the area of Farndale Crescent and offered to carry out work on the driveway and the roof of the house. Only half the work was carried out before the males packed away to leave. The householder refused to pay in full. The males said they would return and demand money.

The males were all dark haired, stocky build with an Irish accent. They were all well dressed and not wearing a work uniform. Their vehicle was a light blue coloured transit van.

These incidents have happened during National Consumer Week and the focus of it is on rogue traders.

A police spokesman said: “This is very timely given the number of reports we have had across the county regarding rogue trader activity. Numerous reports have been received regarding tarmaccers, driveway repairs, pot hole fixing etc.

“Please help us get the message out - do not have anything to do with people who suddenly turn up at your door offering work. They will offer what seems a reasonable price - £50 to £100 for a small amount of work. This will then be increased into thousands and the intimidation they use is exceptionally upsetting. The work is shoddy and probably didn’t even need doing in the first place.

“These people are criminals and this activity is certainly not a civil matter. Please let us know if you have been approached, look out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours and ring us if you suspect anything.”

If you are affected by rogue trading call Lincolnshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.