[P]olice are issuing a warning to people in west Cumbria to be aware of rogue traders.
Over the past week police have received multiple reports of rogue traders operating in the Workington, Maryport and Seaton area who are targeting elderly and vulnerable people.
They offer to carry out work on drives and footpaths before charging extortionate prices. In some cases where payment is received work has been left incomplete.
Officers in Allerdale are working with Trading Standards to target offences of criminal damage and fraud following aggressive sales tactics.
Sergeant Harley Young said:
“We would advise the public never to agree to having work carried out by a stranger knocking on your door. Also, we advise never to agree to having work carried out because you are made to feel pressured. Remember, you are in control, you have the right to close your door on someone who is selling a service or to say no.
“If you feel you need the work carried out, look for official traders yourself or ask friends and family for recommendations.
“If you are ever made to feel intimidated or uncomfortable please call police on 101 with a description and details. Always dial 999 if a crime is in progress or in an emergency. We are here to help.
“If you have any concerns about vulnerable friends or relatives please speak to them and report any incidents to police on 101.”
You can also contact Citizens Advice for advice or referral to Trading Standards by calling 01539 713594 or emailing [email protected]