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Scheme launched to stop rogue traders targeting vulnerable people

Traders will be put through a strict vetting procedure. Credit: ITV Anglia

A new scheme is launching in Hertfordshire today to stop vulnerable people being targeted by rogue traders.

Local traders applying to the scheme will have to go through a strict vetting procedure, including a criminal record check.

It's been developed by the consumer organisation Which? and Hertfordshire County Council.

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Survey reveals over 65s' money worries

Older people worry about their money running out. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire.

A survey has revealed the biggest money worry for over 65s in the East of England is that their savings will run out.

The charity Independent Age also found more than a quarter of older people run out of money before the end of the month and one in seven - or 14% - do not expect to have the money needed to pay for their funeral.

Almost a third of people aged 65 and over are in debt with the average debt more than £2,100 - higher than the national average of £1,800.

Independent Age says many pensioners are not claiming all the benefits they are entitled to.

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Scam phone calls trick elderly out of thousands

In the past week two elderly people have lost thousands of pounds.

People living in Stevenage are being warned of scam phone calls taking place there.

In the past week two elderly people have lost thousands of pounds when someone posing as a police officer investigating credit card fraud persuaded them to give up their bank details.

In the first case an 80-year-old man was contacted by a woman who claimed she was investigating theft and credit card fraud and managed to convince him to withdraw £7,000 from his bank.

An 80-year-old woman was also contacted by a woman claiming to be a police officer from the fraud squad in London who was investigating a 'massive fraud'.

Fresh warnings of fines in crackdown on flytipping

Flytipping is a persistent problem for many rural areas. Credit: ITV Anglia.

People who pay to have rubbish taken away are being warned they face fines of £300 if it is not disposed of legally.

It is part of a crackdown by Kettering Borough Council on 'flytippers'.

Two people so far have been fined by the council after their rubbish was found dumped on the highway after they paid someone in a van to remove it.

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