Warning over bogus workmen

POLICE are making a fresh warning about doorstep con men after an elderly couple were targeted by two bogus water board workers.

One of the men came to the couple’s door on Bradford Road in Brighouse claiming there was a water emergency.

While he came inside and spoke to the couple in one room, another man went into the house.

Although the pair left empty-handed, police are urging people to be on their guard.

The man who called at the door is described as 5ft 9ins tall, slim, aged 20 and clean shaven. He wore a black and red jacket, black trousers, a dark beanie hat and dark gloves.

The other man is described as white and 5ft 9ins. He wore a dark blue jumper, dark bottoms, white gloves and a white baseball cap.

Detective Inspector Ashley Hewitt from Calderdale CID said: “These people target the elderly and vulnerable. We are asking people to keep any eye on elderly neighbours or relatives and to be suspicious of anyone who calls offering to do work on the house.

“The first visit can sometimes be followed by another from different people offering to do the work for a better price. Over a number of visits people can be pressured into parting with money for little or no work being done.

“They will ask for more money and come up with reasons why extra work needs to be done. They’ll often be quite intimidating and will drive people to the bank to get cash out.”

“The safest way is not to do business with anyone who calls at your home unexpectedly offering to do the driveway, fix the roof or tidy the garden.”

Anyone with information about Brighouse incident at 1.30pm on Monday should call Calderdale CID on 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.