Appeal – Rogue Traders steal from Elderly Man in Andover

From Hampshire Police:
We are appealing for information after rogue traders stole £4500 from an elderly man in Andover.

Between 2pm and 3.30pm on June 25 two men and a teenage boy attended the 79-year-old victim’s house in Madrid Road, Andover where they over charged him for steam cleaning his driveway and obtained a large amount of cash for work which was not required to the roof of his home.

The first man was described as white, approximately 5ft 10ins tall and in his late 20s to early 30s. He had brown fair and possibly had a moustache. He had a slight Irish accent.

The second man was described as white, 5ft 8ins tall and aged late 30s to early 40s. He was of a medium build and had tanned skin. He was wearing a sports type jacket with three buttons down the front. The jacket was possibly tweed or dark green in colour.

The teenage boy was described as white, approximately 14-years-old and had square cut dark hair.

They were believed to driving in a white van with writing on the front doors.

We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the white van and the three people or who may have had similar work offered in and around the Andover area to contact us.

Members of the public are warned not to deal with doorstep callers and especially not to agree for any work to be completed without proper quotations being completed and allowing for the appropriate ‘cooling off period’.

Trading Standards offer free advice to any person who has been subject to similar incidents.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Paul Barry at the Northern Investigation Team on 101 quoting 44150217868, or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

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