POLICE are warning residents to be on guard against suspected rogue traders who are claiming neighbours will make complaints if trees are not cut back.
Insp Phil Baker issued the warning after concerns were raised by a couple in Spalding, who handed over £100 to men in a white Transit-style van on Wednesday morning.
The couple initially agreed a price of £200 for four hours’ work but were told the job was finished after just 30 minutes.
They said they felt “intimidated” by the men who had trimmed some leylandii trees but did not complete the agreed work or clean up the mess.
Insp Baker, who is part of the community safety team, said: “We would always advise residents to be wary of anyone who calls at the door uninvited, offering to carry out work.
“The best way to find reputable tradespersons is by a recommendation from family and friends or by contacting Trading Standards for information about Approved Trader Schemes. Anyone who has been approached by cold-callers who have behaved in a pressurising or intimidating manner should contact Lincolnshire Police as quickly as possible, ideally with details of vehicle registrations.
“There are laws in place to protect the public from rogue traders and we can use this intelligence to identify offenders and protect those vulnerable members of our communities who may be targeted by such individuals.”
Incidents can be reported by dialling 101.