Rogue trader warning

POLICE have warned householders to be wary of being door stepped by rogue traders.

It follows an incident in Arbroath when an elderly woman was approached by three workmen who tried to intimidate her into allowing them to carry out work to her garden, driveway and roof.

Constable Laura Connelly said rogue traders can often use aggressive sales tactics, overcharge and give misleading statements about the work they offer, often leaving householders out of pocket facing more bills to put problems right.

She added that responsible traders will know the rules and will supply the correct paperwork before starting any work. This includes, in many cases, a right for a consumer to cancel work in a short period of time.

Householders are urged not to agree to any work on the basis of a verbal quote or agree to be taken down to the bank to withdraw money and, if they need work done, to obtain written quotes from a number of reputable companies.

Anyone who feels intimidated by workmen should contact Tayside Police immediately on 0300 111 2222 and, if possible, contact their community officer.