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Appeal for witnesses following suspected rogue trader incident - Rednal

West Mercia Police is appealing to the community for information following a suspected rogue trader incident in Rednal.

On Monday 12 March 2018, a man approached a property on St. Chads Road and stated the occupant's gutters needed cleaning. They agreed on a price, and the man then stated further work needed doing which the victims - an elderly couple - were charged a large sum of money for.

On 15 March, the male victim went to the bank to withdraw a further sum of money for the man, when concerns were raised by the bank.

The suspect is described as tall, around 30 years old, white, of a medium build, with short mousey/blond hair. He spoke with a local Birmingham accent and was believed to be travelling in a small Citreon van.

PC Kulwinder Singh of West Mercia Police, said: "We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this man within the Rednal area or may have also have an offer of work done on their house.

"If you need work doing to your house, or if you need to contact a tradesperson, always ask friends or neighbours if they can recommend anyone that has done work for them which they have been satisfied with. Alternatively look in a local trade's directory and ask the trader for the names of people they have completed work for, so you can check on the quality and cost of the work. It is also wise to get at least three quotes.

"If you have any information about this incident, please call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 337S of 15 March 2018."

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers.org.uk

Issued: 3.40pm, Wednesday 4 April, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 04/04/18