Two NHW Alerts - Rogue traders and a telephone scam
Rogue Traders in our area
Unfortunately the local police recently attended an incident where an elderly lady was targeted by a rogue trader in Creaton.
At approximately 11.30 two males offered to do some work at the house, fixing a few roofing slates, it is understood they also offered to clean others guttering out.
They took £20 off the lady and left saying that they had to get something, upon returning they told her the cost of the work was £120. An astute neighbour told them to pack up their tools and leave, no other information is available other than they were seen leaving in a Yellow Transit Van and were wearing tops saying “MF Roofing.” They also posted a flyer at the adjoining property.
If you have heard of any other similar incidents in the locality, please pass this information on and warn people not to do business with traders who cold call. We would recommend using websites such as www.trustatrader.com, or www.checkatrade.com, alternatively use local traders who have been personally recommended. May I suggest people try to take full details of vehicle registration and description of persons. Consider if able to take photos (mobile phone).
Recently a local resident had a phone call from a security company stating that they are selling a security device for telephones which will guarantee an instant police response! The device will cost £90. They stated that the police are aware of this – which is obviously not the case as nothing you put on your telephone will guarantee an instant police response. The call was from a with-held number. The police have been notified and an incident report has been drawn up.
Please do not fall prey to this and inform any elderly friends or relatives who do not use social media.
Please pass this on. If you have any information about these or other incidents please contact our PCSO - details below
PCSO 7115 Matt Taylor
Police Community Support Officer
Daventry District – Rural Policing
Telephone 101 Ext 345806
Address: Brixworth Police Post c/o Campbell Square Police Station | Campbell Square | Northampton | NN1 3EL
CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111
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