Kent residents told their roofs have been damaged by squirrels

Contributed by editor on May 08, 2017 - 05:25 PM


People in Tunbridge Wells are being reminded to be on guard against rogue traders following reports of a scam involving a dead squirrel.



Kent Police has received a number of reports about suspicious activity in the town, where a man has been knocking on doors offering roof repairs.

After inspecting the roof the man claims the property has an infestation of squirrels which are causing damage. It is reported he then tries to claim money to get rid of the infestation and for other unnecessary work.

Beware of cold callers

On one occasion the man is reported to have produced a dead squirrel and demanded £300 from the homeowner. The victim later got their roof inspected by a reputable company which verified there had been no infestation or damage which could have been caused by squirrels.

Other suspicious incidents have recently been reported in areas including Sandhurst Road and Ferndale.
Sergeant Andy Miller said: ‘This man targets people by cold calling and demanding cash up front. Work then carried out is either minimal, or nothing has been done at all.

'We are continuing to investigate a number of complaints related to these incidents and 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.’

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.

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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