Warning after rogue trader incidents in Cheltenham

Descriptions have been released of the offenders. Credit: ITV News

Police in Cheltenham are urging the public to be aware of rogue traders after two recent incidents.

One happened on Friday 26 August on Hillside Gardens, when a man cleaned a property’s guttering without asking the home owner and then demanded £500 for the work. The elderly victim paid the money.

The offender

  • white man

  • in his 50s or 60s

  • medium build

  • average height

  • dressed in dark clothing, a dark blue or green cap and was carrying an orange Sainsbury’s bag

  • possibly goes by the name of ‘Ted’

This man conducted work at the property on request back in March but has now returned to commit this offence.

Another incident occurred on Malleson Road. A few months ago an elderly woman, had her driveway sprayed with weed killer. The job was only partially finished so she paid some of the money. Last week, the man returned demanding the remaining cash.

The offender

  • white

  • in his mid-60s

  • medium build

  • clean shaven

  • around 5 foot 8 in height

  • wearing a black long sleeved top, black work trousers and a black cap

Police say they don't want anyone else falling victim to rogue traders, and have issued crime prevention advice.

Anyone with information on either of the above incidents should call police on 101.