Police alert after 71-year-old targeted by ‘rogue traders’

Two men who allegedly conned an elderly woman out of a large sum of cash are thought to be operating in the Belper area.

The pair were spotted acting suspiciously in Far Laund shortly after they are suspected to have tricked a 71-year-old in Clay Cross,

On Wednesday, September 11 they are alleged to have talked an OAP into having minor repairs to her roof and some exterior painting in Clay Lane, Clay Cross but charged her an over inflated amount of money.

The con came to light when woman’s carers contacted police with concerns after a visit the men made to her home.

It is thought the men may have visited the woman on a number of occasions during the previous few months.

Police are also investigating whether the same men have been operating in the Belper area, following reports of suspicious activity on Far Laund on the same day.

Two men, seen driving a white transit van, approached a resident and offered to carry out gardening work and wanted to buy a milk churn.

One of the men was described as wearing a red checked shirt and the other an orange and black jacket.

Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “I would urge anyone who may have seen these men, or have information about suspicious callers going door to door to contact us.

“The local community are our eyes and ears, and we value any information we receive.

“Your call could help us to trace these men, who we think could be targeting elderly or more vulnerable residents; it could even help us to prevent another person from becoming a victim.”

Inspector Dakin added: “Never agree to trade with people who turn up at your home unannounced, and if you think you need repairs then always contact a few reputable companies for quotes first.”