RESIDENTS affected by the recent high winds are being warned to be wary of cold callers claiming work is needed to their home.

Police officers are advising that some bogus tradesmen may try to take advantage of the bad weather by saying work is needed to a roof, fencing or other parts of homes and then attempt to charge an excessive amount of money when very little is wrong with a property.

PC Gillian Syer said: “Residents, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable, find cold callers intimidating and can feel pressured into agreeing for work to be done. We advise residents not to carry out business on their doorstep with someone who has arrived unannounced.”

Anyone with concerns about bogus traders should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anony-mously on 0800 555 111.

For consumer advice or to report cold callers, call the Citizens Advice on 08454 040506.