Sunderland pensioner fleeced out of cash by shoddy workmen

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CONMEN tricked an elderly resident out of cash by charging them thousands of pounds for poor maintenance work on their home.

Police are reminding residents to be vigilant after an incident where it is suspected an elderly resident was overcharged for substandard work in Fulwell.

It’s a timely reminder for people to be vigilant, I’d advise residents not to agree to work being done by those who cold call at their home or approach them in the street.

Detective Inspector Geoff Brown

At around 10am on Thursday, the elderly resident from Dartford Road, who is aged in their 80s, had two men call at their address and offer to clean out the gutters of the property.

A price was agreed and this work was carried out.

At around 11am yesterday, one of the men returned, this time with another male and stated that some repairs were needed to fix the roof of the property.

The man said these repairs would cost £2000, they only spent a short time carrying out the work which is described as substandard.

One of the men is described as being white with a tanned complexion, in his 40s, about 6ft tall, medium build with gingery short hair and wearing a orange high visibility jacket.

The second man is described as white, aged in his early 40s, about 6ft 2in tall, stocky build, with dark coloured hair. It was noticeable that he was missing a front tooth on his lower jaw.

Both men had Wearside accents.

They arrived in a white flat-bed van which had a set of ladders in the back and resting on the cab

Police are appealing for help to trace the men so they can speak to them about the incident, and are reminding people to be vigilant.

Detective Inspector Geoff Brown said: “We’re keen to speak to these men about this incident and I’d appeal for anyone who sees them or who has been approached in a similar way to get in touch with police as soon as possible.

“It’s a timely reminder for people to be vigilant, I’d advise residents not to agree to work being done by those who cold call at their home or approach them in the street. “And when agreeing for work to be done by a company ensure you get a written quotation and ask for identification and contact details for the company - any reputable business will be more than happy to accommodate.

“I would ask for everyone to pass this warning on to the elderly, whether you are a carer, a relative or a neighbour. If you are in any doubt or suspicious contact police straight away so we can carry out inquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 469 11/04/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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