Witness appeal for possible roofwork scam
Neighbours in Eskdale Avenue, Chesham, are being asked for information about a potential doorstep crime involving a builder who did roofing and guttering work between 16 June and 5 July.
The Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards appeal for witnesses follows a cold-call by a trader who said he would do repairs for a small charge. But, say trading standards investigators, the costs escalated as the trader said more work needed doing.
Trading Standards Officer Trevor Hooper said they were keen to find out if neighbours saw anything suspicious, whether they noticed people working on scaffolding, or if they spotted the vehicles being used.
Their appeal comes at the close of National Scams Awareness Month during which Trading Standards teams have been highlighting the risks of responding to doorstep cold-callers, and recruiting residents as 'Scam Champions' to be 'ears and eyes' in the community in the fight against rogue traders.
Noel Brown, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, said Trading Standards valued neighbours' help in tackling doorstep crime.
"Early alerts by neighbours have helped us prosecute a number of doorstep criminals who preyed on elderly and vulnerable people," said Noel. "The last three were jailed.
"I'd be really grateful if neighbours in Eskdale Avenue would cast their minds back to late June and early July and help us put some missing pieces in this jigsaw."
Noel urged residents to beware of cold-callers: people making unsolicited visits or phone calls to sell goods or services. "Our advice to residents is never to do business on the doorstep," said Noel.
Information about the Eskdale Avenue incident, or other incidents of cold calling, can be given to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506. Or reports can be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.
To sign up as a Scam Champion, visit https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/
IN THE PICTURE: Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health