New rogue trader warning after £370 tile repair scam in Whaplode

Police news.
Police news.

Police are warning people about rogue doorstep traders after a man in Whaplode was charged £370 to repair a loose tile repair at his house.

It happened on Maundy Thursday, March 24, when two men came to the man’s house and pointed out to him that a tile was loose on the outside of his house.

It’s not advisable to agree to have work done to your property or garden by random people who knock at your door

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman

The men, both described by police as white and British, offered to fix it and did so in just 15 minutes, before the victim was charged £370. Police are looking for a light blue vehicle, described as either a van or truck, with white writing on it used by the men.

One of the men is aged in his early 20s and of stocky build, while the other man is thought to be in his late 20s, tall and slim.

The vehicle in question was seen in Whaplode on Thursday at about 10.30am, having been seen some time during the late morning of March 24.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “Reliable tradespeople are in demand and don’t normally go door-to-door looking for work.

“It’s best to ask for a referral from a friend, relative or neighbour to find someone you can trust.

“In any event, it’s not advisable to agree to have work done to your property or garden by random people who knock at your door.

“You should also always ask for a written quote and pay only when the job is done to your satisfaction.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 125 of March 31.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.