AN APPEAL for witnesses has been launched after a pensioner paid £5,000 to cowboy builders for work to gutters at his Frodsham home.
On Saturday, February 27, an elderly male was visited by two men who offered to do some work on the roof of his home in Beech Avenue.
After completing a minimal amount of work the men ripped the homeowner off, charging an exorbitant £5,000.
Insp Phil Hodgson, whose team is leading the investigation into this incident, said: “Although incidents of this nature are rare in our community, we will do all we can to bring to justice those who target the vulnerable and elderly, by delivering poor quality over priced services.
“Anyone with any concerns should contact my team and we will act on any intelligence we receive.”
Police are appealing to any residents who may have been approached in the Frodsham area by men offering to carry out work on their homes, or who may have any information that may assist police in this enquiry to contact Frodsham Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0845 458 0000.
It is believed the men were using a light-coloured flatbed-style truck.
A Cheshire Constabulary spokesman added: “Remember, you’re in your own home – you’re not obliged to buy anything from anyone at anytime. Insist on seeing identification and check it, including checking on the legitimacy of the business details, including address.
“Don’t feel rushed into agreeing to buy. Take time to make a decision.
“If you have any suspicions or concerns, ask the trader to leave, close the door and call the police or trading standards.
“Don’t allow any callers or workmen to take you to the bank, building society or post office.”