Police warn against town’s rogue traders

Jewellery seized in Spalding town centre on Saturday.
Jewellery seized in Spalding town centre on Saturday.
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DEALS for discount goods offered on the street might seem too good to be true – and they probably are, according to Spalding’s police.

Officers are warning the public to be on-guard against suspected rogue traders after cut-price jewellery was seized in the town centre over the weekend and investigations are underway into a laptop scam.

Sgt Stuart Hurst said those selling the jewellery and watches could not account for where they had got the goods, but said there were concerns about the quality. None of the items had hallmarks.

Sgt Hurst said: “My advice is to be extremely wary and it always makes sense to fully investigate something before you take it away. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

“Members of the public should always try to use reputable stores to buy their goods.”

In a separate incident on Friday, two men were reported to be approaching members of the public in St Thomas’s Road, Spalding, offering to sell a laptop at a reduced rate.

After the men had driven off, in what is believed to be a silver Vauxhall, the laptop case was opened it and found to be filled with a heavy catalogue and cardboard.

The victims are said to have handed over a “considerable” amount of cash.

Anyone with any information should contact 101.