Five men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud after a spate of rogue dealer reports from Newcastle residents.
Officers obtained quite a few reports in the final week of tradesmen approaching householders in the Newcastle space, providing to scrub driveways and gutters for aggressive costs – solely to demand considerably greater as soon as the work has been carried out.
In one incident, a 69-year-old girl from Gosforth was advised she wanted to pay £1,250 for work carried out on her roof after beforehand agreeing £500.
And, one other girl aged 62, from Walbottle suspected foul play after she was charged £350 to have her driveway cleaned.
In all of the accounts reported to officers – the workmen have been described as having southern Irish accents and driving vans with Irish registration plates.
An investigation into the reports is ongoing with 5 victims recognized presently.
Detective Inspector Steve Byrne from Northumbria Police is encouraging anybody else who may need been a sufferer to return ahead.
He stated: “In the final week, we now have obtained a quantity of reports of rogue merchants approaching residents in Newcastle and claiming to restore gutters, roofs and clear driveways.
“However, when their victims unknowingly settle for, they discover work is carried out to a poor customary and are then charged greater than double, generally triple, what they have been quoted in the primary occasion.
“Our investigation into these suspected frauds is ongoing, however we’re involved there could possibly be different residents on the market who’ve been affected by this who haven’t but come ahead.
“If this appears like one thing which has occurred to you, please get in contact as quickly as doable.”
Five men aged between 18 and 37 have been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false illustration and stay in police custody presently.
Anyone with info, or who believes they’ve been a sufferer is requested to name 101 or use the say us one thing web page on our web site quoting log 1121 221020.