Police warn of rogue traders’ operation in Lee-on-the-Solent

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THE public are being warned to look out for elderly relatives and neighbours after rogue traders targeted a vulnerable pensioner.

An 83-year-old woman who lives in Gosport Road, Lee-on-the-Solent, was persuaded that she needed work on her garden by a man who called at her house.

He returned the following day and drove the victim to her bank where she drew out £1,700 – far more than the value of the work carried out.

Detective Constable Chris Davies from Fareham and Gosport CID said: ‘I would like to speak to anyone in the local area who has had cold callers from landscaping or gardening businesses who behaved suspiciously or used pressuring tactics in an attempt to obtain money for work not required or completed.

‘If you are concerned about people who call at your home then you should contact the police or Trading Standards.’

Anyone with information should contact the police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

A 32-year-old man from Hayling Island and a 30-year-old man from Swanmore have been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. They have been bailed to November 30.