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Reports of firms offering house clearance to flood-hit Yalding residents prompts a warning from police

04 January 2014

 

The clear-up begins in Yalding

Police are warning people affected by the floods to beware of bogus callers.

It comes as officers received reports that rogue traders had been offering house clearances in the Yalding area, among the worst hit in the festive floods, today.

Police have warned against those who could be seeking to exploit the situation faced by many.

Chief Insp Lee Russell said: "Storm damage leaves people in a vulnerable position and it’s very easy to take advantage of them. They often need to replace dislodged roof tiles before damage gets worse, restore electricity and phone lines or remove trees and branches that pose a hazard.

"Unfortunately some people hope to cash in on others' misery by offering to do repair work when they’re not properly qualified or, in some cases, have no intention of actually carrying out the work."

They have also urged residents to remember that representatives from water, gas and electricity companies rarely visit without appointments. And if there's a real emergency, police and firefighters are likely to be present

People are also reminded to check ID, even if they have an appointment, and call the company to verify them if necessary. 

For more help on dealing with flood damaged property, contact Kent County Council Trading Standards at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or by calling 08454 04 05 06. 

 

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