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Police issue tarmac warning

Posted: 20/02/2007 15:17:49

Police in Herefordshire are warning residents to be on their guard against unscrupulous traders targeting elderly folk and offering to resurface their driveways.

This follows several incidents in north Herefordshire where a group of workmen called at homes of elderly residents in Bromyard and Whitbourne areas in the past week.

They claimed they had tarmac left over from a job and that they could resurface the homeowner’s driveways. In each case work was done to a poor standard and over-inflated prices charged - including demands of several thousands of pounds.

“This type of incident causes real upset for those involved and we are keen to make others aware that tarmaccing groups are operating in the area and to be extra vigilant themselves,” said PC Jill Strangwood, Local Police Officer for the Bromyard Rural area.

“We recommend that anyone wanting resurfacing work done makes an appointment with a reputable company, getting a written quote before work starts and establishing how and when payment will be made once the work is completed to a satisfactory standard.

“We would remind people not to accept offers of work by anyone who touts for business on the doorstep and this advice is particularly relevant for the elderly who are so often targeted by aggressive tarmac layers. Never agree to be driven to the bank to withdraw cash and if you are feeling intimidated, do not hesitate to contact the police.”

Police are also encouraging anyone with elderly family members or neighbours to run through this advice with them.

Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards department is also aware of the recent incidents and its officers are working closely with the police to try and identify the rogue traders.

Anyone with information about the tarmaccers, such as vehicles used or names and descriptions of those involved, is asked to contact PC Jill Strangwood at Bromyard Police Station on 08457 444888.

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