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Police warn against gravel and garden scams in Stamford area

Con artists who prey on the vulnerable are operating around Stamford, police have warned.

In one potential scam on Wednesday last week, two occupants of a tipper truck offered 'free gravel' to a resident of Uffington, saying it was not needed for a job.

Other potential frauds seen in the Stamford area have included people calling on homes and offering to jet-wash driveways, clean guttering and cut hedges.

Inspector Ian Martin, community policing inspector for in Bourne and the Deepings.Photo by Lee Hellwing. (6452798)
Inspector Ian Martin, community policing inspector for in Bourne and the Deepings.Photo by Lee Hellwing. (6452798)

Insp Ian Martin of Stamford Police said: “I detest these scammers because they are con artists who will offer to do jobs for people for free, or a small amount such as £50, and then charge increasing amounts of money instead of sticking with what was originally agreed.

“Once they have found a person who is vulnerable to one scam, they latch on to them and can be relentless in getting more money out of them.

“You should only ever use people that you have contacted first, and should be very firm in sending away anyone who turns up out of the blue because they will never provide a great service, and could end up taking a lot more money than they deserve.

“I also urge family members to speak with relatives, particularly if they are older or vulnerable, to make sure they are aware of the dangers.”

The white tipper truck spotted in the Stamford area had the registration SH11 NWJ and the occupants trying to deliver the gravel were wearing orange reflective jackets.

One of the men was mid-20s, above-average height and had a good head of straight brown hair. He was clean shaven and quite well-spoken.

The same van had already been reported to police in Tresham, Gloucestershire and near Stowmarket in Suffolk. Lincolnshire police were aware of it operating nationally, and now warn that it looks to be operating in the local area.

Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity should call Stamford Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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