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Tuesday 30 August 2016, 10:45 AM

Police in Cheltenham are urging the public to be aware of rogue traders after two recent incidents.

One happened on Friday 26 August on Hillside Gardens, when a man cleaned a property’s guttering without asking the home owner and then demanded £500 for the work. The elderly victim paid the money.

The offender was a white man, in his 50s or 60s, of a medium build and of an average height. He was wearing dark clothing, a dark blue or green cap and was carrying an orange Sainsbury’s bag. He possibly goes by the name of ‘Ted’.

This man conducted work at the property on request back in March but has now returned to commit this offence.

Another incident occurred on Malleson Road. A few months ago, the homeowner, an elderly woman, had her driveway sprayed with weed killer which was only partially finished so she paid just some of the money. On Thursday (25 August), the man returned demanding the remaining cash.

He is described as white, in his mid-60s, of a medium build, clean shaven and around 5 foot 8 in height. He was wearing a black long sleeved top, black work trousers and a black cap.

We do not want any other homeowners falling victim to rogue traders, so please follow our crime prevention advice:

  • Take advice from family, friends or reputable traders to check if the work really needs doing
  • Avoid any cold callers that may turn up or ring unexpectedly or unannounced offering to carry out repairs
  • Only use reputable workmen recommended by family and friends or those who have worked satisfactorily for you before
  • Always obtain at least three quotes and make sure the quote is in writing
  • Keep back part of the cost until the repair job has been satisfactorily completed.  This will provide an incentive for the trader to complete the job or put right any problems

If you suspect a rogue trader, call police on 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents should call police on 101 quoting incident 198 of 26 August and 104 of 25 August.