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Three arrested in West Kingsdown following reports of rogue traders

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    Three men have been arrested following reports of rogue traders operating in the West Kingsdown area.

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    Elderly targeted
    On Monday 16 February Kent Police was informed of suspicious activity in London Road, where a group of men were reported to be knocking on doors of elderly residents and asking for cash to chop down trees. Officers later arrested three men in Botsom Lane, on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

    The suspects, aged 42, 25 and 24 and all from Luton in Bedfordshire have been bailed, pending further enquiries, until 13 March.

    Beware of cold callers
    Sevenoaks Inspector Tim Price warned residents to remain on guard against cold callers who may turn up on doorsteps touting for business.

    Insp Price said: 'We are continuing to investigate a number of complaints made by elderly residents, where it is alleged that excessive amounts of money have been obtained for work outside properties.

    'Our advice remains the same for anyone dealing with cold callers. Do not deal with people who knock on your door offering work on your home or garden and if you have any concerns about their behaviour call the police.’

    Richard Strawson, of Kent County Council's Trading Standards, said: 'We are grateful for Kent Police’s swift action in locating and arresting the suspects in this case. We work closely with the police in tackling rogue traders to ensure that residents are protected from this criminal activity.’

    Further advice
    Kent Police is reminding resident of steps to take to deter rogue traders, who may also offer services such as cleaning driveways or roof and guttering repairs.

    • Do not deal with doorstep callers offering work on your home or garden
    • Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
    • Ask for quotes in writing and check that the tradesperson is from the company they say they are from
    • Ring at least three traders to get a feel for an average price for the job
    • Remember that traders must give you written notice of your right to 14 days cancellation when agreeing to do work at your home, including work gained from a cold call
    • Call 101 to report any problems involving suspected rogue traders or call the Citizens Advice Consumer Services Consumer Direct on 03454 040506.
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