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Bexley residents warned after Sidcup and Welling pensioners conned by rogue traders

PUBLISHED: 09:47 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:23 26 April 2013

Bexley police and trading standards are warning residents to be aware of rogue traders operating in the borough.

Pensioners in Welling and Sidcup have been targeted, with a 72-year-old woman almost losing her £250,000 house.

In separate incidents two men aged 80 and 81 years old respectively, one of whom has dementia, were conned out of almost £5,000 between them.

Bexley borough commander Supt Peter Ayling said: “We want to send a clear message that those traders who do not operate within the law will be targeted by the authorities and we will continue to work closely with the council, banks and building societies to crack down on the criminals who are taking advantage of some of our most vulnerable residents.”

Information about Bexley’s What Tradesman? scheme is available at www.bexley.gov.uk/whattradesman.

If you have any concerns call Bexley’s citizens advice team on 08454 04 05 06.

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