Appeal after pensioner conned by ‘workmen’

Picture: Police Scotland
Picture: Police Scotland

An investigation has been launched after a Bellshill pensioner was apparently conned by bogus workmen.

Police are appealing for information after a 71-year-old woman from Clay Crescent paid a four-figure sum for gardening work that has not been completed.

The workmen are reported to have visited the property between Wednesday and Friday, September 3 and 5, and agreed a price for the work.

However, police say they obtained more than the agreed fee and have failed to complete the work.

Both suspects are said to have ‘traveller accents’.

One is white, aged around 30, 5’10”, of medium build with collar length dark brown hair. He may also have a tattoo on his upper left arm.

The other is white, aged 35 to 40, of heavy build with short black hair.

PC Garry Cook, of Bellshill police office, said: “Police Scotland advises against using the services of cold callers and to use reputable companies that can be found in local newspapers and directories.

“If using such a service, ensure that you are offered a notice of the rights to cancel a contract.

“If anyone in the area sees someone acting suspiciously, I would urge them to call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”