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Northern Ireland man (79) charged £1,000 for driveway power wash

Police in Northern Ireland are appealing for witnesses after a 79-year-old was defrauded out of a large amount of money on Tuesday morning.

Around 10am on October 31, two males approached the homeowner in the Kingsway Drive area of Lurgan offering to clean and de-weed his drive and pathways.

The elderly man handed over the money to the two males who then did not carry out the work.

The males, who were in a white coloured van, spoke with what has been described as Newry accents and were aged in their 30’s.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows described the payment as a "sickening exploitation."

He said: “This is a sickening exploitation of a vulnerable 79 year old man

“We recognise that not all cold callers are rogue traders or criminals however we want every householder, particularly the more vulnerable, to have the confidence to refuse services they do not require or want.

“Neighbours can also play a vital part in helping protect the more vulnerable in their community against this kind of crime. Look out for suspicious vehicles and people and report ALL suspicious activity to Police," Inspector Burrows stressed.

“We want to empower residents to discourage those unofficial traders who may overcharge an unsuspecting householder for poor quality work or work that is never completed at all."

The Chief Inspector added: "Rogue trading and its links to burglary can have a significant impact on the vulnerable and elderly within our communities. Often rogue doorstep traders target the most vulnerable in our society. If you would like crime prevention advice please speak the Crime Prevention Officer on 101.”

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