Police plea after King’s Lynn resident is targeted by rogue traders

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Detectives have warned West Norfolk residents to be on their guard after a second rogue roofing scam in a month.

On Monday, suspected rogue traders removed a tile from a homeowner’s roof in Gaywood – and then asked for more than £300 to repair it.

It comes following a similar incident in Heacham where an elderly man was conned out of £2,000 after work which wasn’t needed was carried out on the roof of his home in College Road on March 18.

Detective Constable Sam Harris, of Lynn CID, said: “This is the second similar incident in a matter of weeks and anyone who experiences cold callers of a similar nature should contact police.

“We would rather be called falsely in good faith than not be called at all and end up missing out on potentially useful information. So, if you suspect anything, then please report it to us.”

In the latest incident, two men removed a tile from a property in Ffolkes Drive, Gaywood, on Monday at about 1.30pm.

They then cold-called the owner informing them their roof was broken and they would need £325 to repair it.

The householder refused to pay but eventually gave the men £25 to leave the address.

In the Heacham scam, the rogue traders even accompanied the resident to his building society in Hunstanton to withdraw the cash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the Gaywood incident or have any further information should contact DC Harris on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.