Cold callers target elderly neighbour for 'hedge job'


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

RESIDENTS are being warned to be on guard following a spate of cold calling incidents.

Police have highlighted the issue again after a number of homes were targeted across the county.

Last week, Sergeant Dan Porada, of the Deeside Policing Team, said there had been a rise in the crime on Maes y Coed, Flint, and police were stepping up patrols in the area.

Simon Hall, who lives on the road, said his elderly neighbour was the victim of cold callers.

He said: “My next door neighbour in his 80s was doing his lawn when approached by a couple saying they were doing gardens in the area.

“They said they would do his hedges for cheap as they are already working in the street.

“Once finished they charged him £80 cash, which he felt was too much but did not feel confident to dispute.

“We only found out the next day when speaking to him, when it was too late.”

Mr Hall said the cold callers returned a week later trying to get more work.

He added: “We were looking out for the return call, to try and get more work.

“When they were told ‘no’ we popped outside to make sure he was OK and made it apparent our neighbour was supported and not as vulnerable as they first thought.”

Yesterday, Sgt Porada said police had received further reports of cold callers in Wood Lane, Hawarden – with two men purporting to be selling goods on behalf of Middlesbrough Craft College.

Sgt Porada said: “We contacted the college, who told us that they did not have anyone in the area selling on their behalf.”

He said the two men were described as being in their early 20s, one about 6ft tall, the other about 5ft 8in.

Both men were wearing dark coloured clothes, both had short dark hair, with one carrying a black bag and the other carrying a silver bag.

Anyone with any information about cold calling activity should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

l Police are also urging residents to be aware of possible bogus fishmongers.
In recent months there have been reports of thefts from homes following a visit by men posing as door-to-door fish sellers.

On Sunday two men were seen trying to sell fish in Maes Emlyn, Penyffordd. Police believe they were targeting elderly residents.

One was described as 6ft tall, of stocky build with dark shaved hair. The other man was described as about 6ft tall with ginger-blonde hair and wearing a jacket with North Coast Fisheries written on it.

They were driving a white Citroen van, registration NG54 RCV.

On Monday in Bretton, two men with Newcastle accents and wearing white jackets and caps charged £150 for a quantity of fish far larger than the elderly resident had intended to buy.

Detective Inspector Tim Evans said: “I would ask people to be on their guard against door-to-door sellers and to look out for their neighbours, especially if they are vulnerable.”

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