Vigilant neighbour spots potential con

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A vigilant neighbour helped thwart a potential con artist in Bexhill.

Police and trading standards officers spoke to a householder after his neighbour reported that he had been visited by a suspicious caller.

I’m really impressed that neighbours stepped in to support this person

PCSO Roy Collins

The caller had offered to help the householder clear his garden for only what he could afford, and having done so said he would come back next day.

Although he did return, the householder was out. No further suspicious activity was reported.

Meanwhile the householder was seen by both Police Community Support Officer Roy Collins and a Trading Standards officer, working together in an ongoing partnership to tackle rogue traders.

They advised him what to do should anyone come back demanding payment for the work carried out.

Later PCSO Collins said: “I’m really impressed that neighbours stepped in to support this person and that sensibly they told police about their suspicions.”

Details of rogue traders or uninvited doorstep callers can be reported to Citizens’ Advice Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06, but anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of distraction burglars or fraudulent traders should email or phone 101.

There is also the option of calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.