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Rogue traders suspected of tricking elderly woman out of large sum in Derby

Posted on 9th July 2014

Police are reminding residents to be alert after rogue traders are suspected to have tricked an elderly woman out of a large sum of cash in Derby.

They are also urging residents to come forward with information about any suspicious activity they may have witnessed in the Abbey area.

On Friday, July 4 at around midday, an 85-year-old woman was approached by two men who visited her home just off Louvain Road.

They talked her into having the guttering cleared and the main suspect then asked the victim if there were any other jobs they could carry out.

The victim enquired about some additional work and was quoted an over inflated amount of money for the work.  The suspects said they would need the money upfront in order to purchase the materials.

The victim handed the money over but the men never returned with the materials or to carry out any further work.

The man who spoke with the victim is described as white, in his late 30’s with short brown hair. He is approximately 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build and is thought to have a Midlands accent.

His accomplice is also described as white, around 18-years-old, of slim build with collar length, light brown hair.

PC Chris Clayton of the Abbey Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “I would urge anyone who may have seen these men, or have information about suspicious callers going door to door to contact us.

“We value any information we receive and your call could help us to trace these men, it could even help us to prevent another person from becoming a victim.”

Officers are warning people to avoid trading with people who turn up at your home unannounced, and if you think you need repairs then always contact a few reputable companies for quotes first.

PC Clayton continued: “By taking the time to find a trusted trader you can reduce the risk of being overcharged, having poor quality work carried out and potentially from suffering from other doorstep crimes such as distraction burglary.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference 28334/14.

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