Neighbourhood Watch News Article
Published: 16th December 2010
Bogus gardener - Highfield Lane, Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon.
Just after 10.00am today, Thursday 9th December, a white male, described as ’podgy’ and wearing navy blue overalls deceived an elderly couple who live in Highfield Lane, Hemel Hempstead.
The offender stated he needed to cut tree roots as they were intruding into their neighbour’s garden. He took £100 from them and made off, doing no work.
A second offence was committed at a house in Hempstead Road, Bovingdon about 30 minutes later. This time the male was wearing new green trousers and top. Again he stated that neighbours tree roots were causing a problem. In this case the potential victim refused the suspect entry and he went away empty handed. The resident said that the offender was similar in appearance to the comedian’ Peter Kay’.
Please be aware of this type of deception and advise all Watch members (especially the elderly) never to deal with ’Cold Callers’!
If you saw or heard anything concerning these offences phone the Police on 0845 3300222 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Author: Neighbourhood Watch
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