Rogue traders steal cash from 93-year-old woman

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POLICE are appealing for information about a group of rogue traders after three men, purporting to be workmen, stole up to £1,000 from a 93-year old woman.

The incident took place on Saturday March 31 at an address near to the Cocked Hat public house on Rugby Road in Binley Woods when the workmen called at the elderly woman’s house and asked for £200 payment for to some work clearing the gutters, which they claimed they had previously been instructed to complete.

The householder went into her bedroom to get money to pay the men. One of the men followed her and took her purse from her and removed all the money from in the purse, amounting to approximately £1,000.

The white males, two of whom were aged in their 30s and were dressed in a blue jacket and a red jacket, and the other who was older than his associates, drove off in a white van, which was seen parked in Rugby Road at around 4.30pm.

Anyone who has information about the rogue traders is asked to contact Det Const Steve Keay at Rugby Local Investigation team on (01788) 541111 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.

Meanwhile, police remind householders to be cautious of strangers calling at the door. They issue the following advice:

* Keep the front and back door locked, even when you are in the house

* Put the security chain on to answer the door, even if you are expecting someone

* Ask to see photographic identity if the callers claim to be from a company – check they are genuine by calling the company with a number from your telephone directory

* If you need work doing ask friends and neighbours for a recommendation of someone they know, or contact someone from a local trades directory.

* If you have elderly neighbours or relatives take a few minutes to go through the “Doorstep Code” with them to make sure they understand the need to be wary of doorstep callers.