Police hunt Welwyn Garden City rogue traders
PUBLISHED: 09:38 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 30 May 2017
Police are investigating a pair of rogue traders after they took money for work which was not carried out in Welwyn Garden City.
Officers investigating an incident in which rogue traders took cash from a woman and never carried out any work are appealing for information and witnesses.
Between 1pm and 6pm on Friday, May 19, a man and a woman approached the victim, aged in her 60s, at her home in the Haldens area, near Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, under the pretence of doing some gardening work.
A police spokeswoman said: “They said they needed the loan of a spade and £70 but left without carrying out any work.
“The man is described as white, aged in his 20s, with dark hair and of slim build.
“The woman is described as being aged in her early 20s, of slim build, with black hair and a fake orange suntan.”
PC Jodie Bolton, who is investigating, said: “These offenders were travelling in a distinctive green metallic coloured transit van.
“I am appealing for anyone who saw the van in the local area around the time stated to get in touch.
“I’d also like to hear from anyone who was approached by two people matching the description who were offering gardening services.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/17/2105.
Alternatively, contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Hertfordshire Constabulary offers the following advice to help people protect themselves from rogue traders:
•If someone calls at your door offering to do some work for you, do not agree to the work there and then or part with any cash.
•Don’t take their word that the work needs to be done. Ask for a written quote on headed paper and if you think it does need to be done then get quotes from other local companies or ask friends and relatives for a recommendation.
•If you are in doubt, take information and contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 to check their legitimacy.