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Police issue warning after elderly woman made withdraw cash to pay men for 'substandard work' in Bangor

Police have issued a warning after the report that an elderly woman was pressured into withdrawing money from the bank after men offered to carry out work at her home.

Detectives have since arrested two men aged 23 and 22 on suspicion of fraudulent behaviour.

Police said the arrests follow the report of two men calling at the home of the Bangor resident on Tuesday July 4.

They offered to carry out some work for the occupant and then pressured them to withdraw money, which "far exceeded what any legitimate tradesman would charge", from the bank to pay for it.

Detective Sergeant Andrews said: "It appears the work was conducted to a substandard level and transpired that the monies paid by the vulnerable householder far exceeded what any legitimate tradesman would charge for such services.

"Later that evening police stopped a vehicle and arrested two men in the Banbridge area in relation to this incident. Both men are currently in custody, helping police with their enquiries.”

Detective Sergeant Andrews said tacking fraudulent behaviour is a "priority" for police.

He said: "This is an excellent example of officers providing the personal service the community desires. I would also like to thank the community for their continued support which assists us in responding to and dealing with crimes of this nature and ask them to remain mindful of this type of behaviour in future.

"If you have any concerns in relation to rogue traders, current scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam go to the Scamwise NI internet site at”

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