Police plea for vigilance after Heacham resident is targeted by suspected rogue traders

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An elderly man was forced to withdraw £2,000 to pay two men for roof work which wasn’t needed, police have said today.

Detectives have pleaded for residents in Heacham to be vigilant following the incident at a property in College Drive, which happened on March 18.

Two men, who had not been requested, went to the address at some point between 8am and 5pm that day and carried out repairs to the roof.

They charged the resident, who police describe as vulnerable, £2,000 for the work and then insisted they accompany him to the Nationwide branch in Hunstanton so he could withdraw the funds and pay them in cash.

Det Con Sam Harris, of Lynn CID, said: “I would urge residents in Heacham and the surrounding area to be on their guard to cold-callers and to let us know if they have any experiences with anyone cold-calling at their property in the future.

“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.”

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Det Con Harris via the non-emergency 101 number.