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Bogus callers target Bromsgrove and Redditch residents

Police are investigating three incidents of attempted fraud, in which two men have approached older residents of homes in Bromsgrove and Redditch pretending to be council or utilities officials.

In the first incident (on Friday 1 March) a man in his 90s was approached as he was clearing snow off his driveway at home in the Charford area of Bromsgrove. He was asked to pay £60 to have his drain cleared. In the second (on Monday 5 March) a woman in her late 80s - also at home in Charford - was approached at home and asked to pay money to sort out a rat infestation. And in the third (on Wednesday 7 March), a man in his 90s was at home in Redditch when two men visited him to say there was a blockage in his drain that needed clearing. The resident asked for ID and the men, who were wearing high vis vests, shouted at him.

In none of these cases did work need doing on the householders' properties.

The man who spoke to the residents is described as being white, well built, about 5ft 8inches (1m 73cm) tall, with short black hair. He looked to be in his 50s and spoke with a local accent. It's thought that the men drove away in a grey transit van type vehicle.

Detective Constable Ian Tomlinson said: "No legitimate council or utilities official will ever approach you at home and ask you for money to repair or maintain your property. The householders did absolutely the right thing by reporting the bogus callers to us.

"If you've had a similar experience, or have noticed two men behaving in a suspicious manner around the Charford area, please get in touch with us. Any information, no matter how insignificant it seems to you, may help our investigations.

"I'd also like to ask anyone reading about these incidents to please share the information with any older people they know, who may not have access to the internet."

To report information, please phone the police on 101 quoting incident reference 0321S of 5 March. You can also phone the charity Crimestoppers, which is independent of the police, on 0800 555 111.

For more information on bogus callers and doorstep scams, visit

Issued by Corporate Communications (LR) at 10.30am on 8 March.

Edited at 2.30pm on 8 March (LR) to include reference to a new report of an incident in Redditch.

Published 08/03/18