Police warn on bogus gardener in Hedge End

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Police are warning residents in Hedge End after an elderly man paid for gardening work that wasn’t carried out.

At around 2pm on yesterday,(Tuesday June 21) a man knocked on the door of a house on Mallard Gardens and claimed to be from the council.

The man said there’d been a complaint about an overgrown bush and asked for £50 to carry out the necessary work. He took the money and walked off without completing any work.

He is described as, white, 6ft tall, stocky build and wearing a “mucky” yellow jumper with an unknown logo on it.

He was also driving a yellow or white and yellow vehicle possibly with some green sign writing.
PC Katrina Smith from Hedge End police station said:

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this man or a similar vehicle in the area of Mallard Gardens during the afternoon of Tuesday, June 21.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind residents not to pay for services from cold callers.

“Genuine trade people would never ask you to pay in full before the work is complete or insist that you make a decision about the work they are offering to do on the spot.

“If you have work that needs to be completed you should get a number of quotes and a written estimate detailing what work will be carried out. Use trade people that are recommended to you by friends or family or search for a Trading Standards approved business at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk”.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact PC Smith at Hedge End police station by calling 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.