Crooks posing as council workmen target elderly

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BOGUS workmen have been targeting elderly residents in Kilsyth, claiming to be employed by North Lanarkshire Council.

One reader contacted the News and Chronicle after her father, who lives in the Kingston Road area, was approached by two men who offered to carry out work for cash.

She said: “My elderly father was approached by two, possibly bogus, workmen. They said they had a contract with the council and asked if he was a council tenant or homeowner.

“When he advised he was a homeowner they offered to clean his gutters for £35. He agreed and they said they would leave their card and come back on Monday.

“Fortunately, they have not been back and I have reminded him to never agree to anything on the doorstep.”

Both men were clean shaven, one had dark hair and the other light. They are thought to be in their late 20s or early 30s. Dave Roderick, trading standards manager at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “Any employee from the council who visits a resident will always carry an identification card which clearly states they work with North Lanarkshire Council.

“If you don’t know the person calling at your door, always check their ID and if you are in any doubt, don’t let them in.

“The council has an information pack which gives helpful advice on identifying bogus workmen or ‘distraction theft’, where one person distracts the householder and another sneaks into their home. To report a doorstep crime contact the local police office, trading standards officers or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”