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Three suspected rogue traders arrested

Suspected rogue trader arrested Photo: ITV

Three people have been arrested as part of an investigation into crimes against vulnerable and elderly people.

On Thursday afternoon Kent Police were called to East Hill Road in Knatts Valley. It had been reported three people were knocking on doors offering 'free surveys' and one homeowners paid more than £2,000 in cash in return for substandard repair work.

Officers carried out a search for the suspects which included house to house enquiries. They found a number of further potential victims at a site for residential mobile homes at East Hill Farm Park.

It was also reported there'd been a number of incidents where work had been carried out on properties without permission, before the owners were then charged thousands of pounds.

A 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man from Faversham, along with a man who's 41 and from Chelmsford were later arrested in connection with fraud and theft offences.

Two vehicles and a quantity of cash were also seized. Police are linking the investigation to further offences, including a number of crimes at static caravan sites in the Ashford area.

All three suspects have been released on bail, pending further enquiries until Wednesday 16th May.

"We are reminding residents never to deal with doorstep callers offering work on your home or garden. Rogue traders operate by pressurising and intimidating their victims into agreeing work that is often unnecessary, of poor quality and very costly. Before agreeing to any work being carried out obtain quotes from several reputable companies.

Anybody who is pestered by unwanted cold callers should advise them that contact will be made with Trading Standards and if necessary the police."

– Det Sgt Tom Daveney, Kent Police