Colchester: Rogue traders prey on elderly and vulnerable

A WARNING has been issued over two rogue traders who have been targeting elderly and vulnerable people in Colchester.

At least three people aged over 90 have been victims in the past month by a man and woman offering property maintenance services.

In each incident, the pair called at the victim’s home and said a roof tile was loose or damaged and could be replaced for �20 to �40.

All three victims, who live in the St Johns area, accepted and paid the fee but had further visits from the pair who said they had noticed further work for which they demanded between �80 and �180 a time. It was later discovered that no work was needed or had been carried out.

Investigating officer Pc Mark Peacock said: “These are despicable crimes against elderly and vulnerable people who can ill-afford to lose these sums of money. But they are being tricked into paying up and in some cases have been intimidated into paying.

“We want to hear from anyone who has been conned in this way or from anyone who can help us identify the people involved.”

The man is white, middle-aged, of medium build and has dark hair while the woman is white, middle-aged, of slim build and has dark hair.

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Anyone with information should contact Pc Peacock at Colchester Target Offender Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.