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Three arrested for fraud – but public should remain alert

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POLICE in Warrington are asking residents to remain vigilant after three men were arrested on suspicion of attempting defraud an elderly woman.
A man aged 31 from Deeside and two aged 31 and 28 from St Helens, were arrested this morning as they approached an address in Egerton Street in Stockton Heath.
Officers also seized a transit van as part of their investigation.
DI Karen Jaundrill said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to remind people to be vigilant and call police if you become suspicious of anyone who comes to your door offering to carry out work.
“I’d also ask residents to look out for their elderly or vulnerable neighbours, reporting any suspicious activity to police and checking on your neighbour’s welfare.”
There are a number of steps you can take to avoid doorstep crime:
• Always check the identity of the doorstep caller by telephoning the company they are claiming to be from. Use the telephone listed in your local phonebook or off the company website. Do not use a number the
caller gives you.
• Check whether traders are members of the Local Authority Assured Trader Schemes or the Government Trust Mark Scheme.
• Discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or a friend who can help you find a reputable trader.
• Don’t agree to anything on the spot, or sign anything. Do not feel pressured into having work carried out
• Never pay cash upfront and don’t ever go to the bank or cashpoint with a trader
Anyone with information about rogue traders is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, or 999 if there is a crime in progress. Alternatively information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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