Workmen trying to trick elderly

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Police are encouraging the public to be vigilant following reports of bogus workmen operating in the area.

They believe the men are targeting elderly residents and are asking for the public’s help to trace them.

Three men called at properties in Kingsland Road, Selkirk, and Abbotslea in Tweedbank last Thursday.

They were able to inspect the roofs for defects on some properties after gaining the trust of homeowners.

Afterwards they stated that they had found either loose tiles or produced a piece of rotten/damp wood.

On some occasions they have managed to access the roof space via the attic before arranging an appointment to come back on the following day. The men, however, were unable to produce suitable identification and no money was exchanged.

Police believe the same men have been operating in the area for months and are targeting elderly residents.

A thorough investigation is now underway and anyone who has any relevant information that can help identify the unsolicited callers is asked to come forward.

The men, in their late 20s and early 30s, are travelling in a white-coloured Transit Van and a white-coloured Citroen Berlingo with ladders on the roof.

Detective Constable Elizabeth Miller ,who works in the CID, said: “Fortunately, the homeowners did the right thing and refused to hand over any money.

“Instead, they contacted the police and we are now pursuing various lines of inquiry in order to trace these men.

“From the descriptions given and the similarities in their action, there is a strong chance that these men may be responsible for at least one other report related to bogus workmen in the area.”