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Sevenoaks: Warning after rogue traders target elderly woman in Seal Road

By David Gazet

Residents are being warned to be on their guard after rogue traders targeted an elderly woman. 

A woman in her 80s was approached at her home in Seal Road, Sevenoaks in last month by two men who offered to do some gardening.

She was told it would cost £20 to cut back some bushes. She accepted the offer and shortly later saw that £20 had gone missing from her kitchen. She challenged the men, who denied taking the money, and was then told the work would cost £150.

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She disagreed with this price and agreed to pay £110 in a cheque. The men then left her property.

This is the second time this lady has been a victim of con artists,  having been targeted in April where a person claimed to be a police officer and took her bank cards and withdrew cash. 

She was also previously approached by someone who offered to repave her driveway. The man said it would cost £600. The victim agreed to pay this however, the driveway was dug up but the work was not completed.

One suspect who carried out the gardening work is in his 30’s with curly tight hair and a muscular build. He was wearing a t-shirt and cropped trousers and flip flops.

The second suspect is in his 20’s, thin build, around 6 ft. tall with shaved hair on the sides and long hair on top. He was wearing a black t-shirt, trousers and trainers.

Anyone who believes they may be a target of a rogue trader, or who have friends or relatives who may be targeted are urged to check traders' credentials, ask for quotes in writing. 

For more advice and links to other websites which can help visit https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/bogus-callers-and-rogue-traders/ 

Anyone with information about the incidents included above can call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting crime reference YY/018023/17. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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