Police lend a helping hand after elderly woman encounters rogue traders

Sleaford Policing Team grab brushes and shovels to tidy up an elderly Ruskingotn resident's drive after rogue traders. EMN-150818-112618001

Sleaford Policing Team grab brushes and shovels to tidy up an elderly Ruskingotn resident's drive after rogue traders. EMN-150818-112618001

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Sleaford Policing Team rolled up their sleeves to clear up mess left by rogue traders at an elderly resident’s Ruskington home.

Sleaford Policing Team rolled up their sleeves to clear up mess left by rogue traders at an elderly resident’s Ruskington home.

PCSO Patrick Welby, PC Anthony Harris, PC Martin Green and Sgt Rachel Wells shovelled up sand and silt left by the rogue traders they moved on after trying to overcharge the woman to jet wash her drive and roof.

The team left the woman with a ‘no cold callers’ door sticker.

As a result, Lincolnshire Police have put out a general warning about rogue traders recently operating in the Ruskington area.

They say that such people will normally call at your door unexpectedly and offer to do work for you. This could be anything from gardening, roof repairs, driveway resurfacing or other household task. A police spokesman said they will either do no work or do some work of a poor standard. In any event, they will grossly overcharge you.

He said: “please don’t allow these people to do any work for you. Use recommended traders who can be trusted. Please also remember - if you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”