WARNINGS have been issued after rogue traders target Worcestershire villages.

Police have issued warnings against rogue traders after reports of them in Kempsey and Powick.

A rogue trader is a term given to individuals who turn up unannounced at people's houses and offer to carry out work such as hedge cutting, general gardening, roofing or tarmac driveways.

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They often cite that they have spotted a problem and offer to fix it for you, however, they will charge extortionate amounts of money for minor or poor-quality work.

Plovers Rise in Kempsey and The Drive in Powick had traders come to their doors on Thursday (August 3).  

PC Dee Stanley said: "This is a timely reminder that at this time of year, rogue traders may be operating in the county, and we are concerned that residents across our rural policing area may be targeted as we are now in the spring season when gardens need trimming back or cleaning roofs or driveways.

"We advise that you do not accept work from cold callers or leaflets posted through the door, instead, choose a trusted contractor.

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"Do not be fooled by cold callers who look professional with business cards and sign-written vehicles. 

"Get recommendations from friends or family and get at least two quotes for any work you intend to get done."

There have been reports in the past of some rogue traders offering to accompany their victim to the bank to withdraw funds for the work.

West Mercia Police said if residents would like a No Cold Caller sticker, then to reply to their Neighbourhood Matters message, which can be found here.

PC Stanley added: "The Citizens Advice Bureau website contains good advice as to how to find a trusted tradesperson.

"Do not be pressured into accepting work.

"If a tradesperson becomes intimidating or oppressive, then politely decline any work, close and lock your doors and if necessary, report the matter to the Police.

"Elderly and vulnerable residents are most at risk from this type of activity, so please ensure you make your neighbours aware of this issue."