Appeal for information as bogus workman strikes in Scottish Borders

An elderly couple in Peebles have been the victims of a bogus workman.

On Friday, August 15 at around 11am a man spoke to an elderly gentleman in a garden and offered to fell trees for £350.

The man returned around 10am on Monday, August 18, but after cutting down the trees he demanded extra money for them to be removed.

The elderly man handed over more money than had originally been agreed.

The suspect is described as 30 years old, medium build, Mediterranean appearance, narrow moustache on upper lip, pointed goatee beard, tan t-shirt, and chainsaw safety trousers and boots.

Police have said the suspect is believed to be from the Galashiels area and was driving a light grey Ford Thames van.

Inspector Tony Hodges said: “We’d like to warn people in the Scottish Borders to be wary of people offering work around the house or garden.

“If you are uncertain as to someone’s identity do not allow them entry and contact police if they fail to leave.

“Our communities are also asked to be vigilant on behalf of vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours and report any suspicious activities or people around their homes to police.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.