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Northern Constabulary are urging the public to be cautious when dealing with workmen and contractors otherwise unknown to them.

During the summer when the days are longer and drier, thoughts turn to carrying out those larger jobs about the home and garden that we've been considering for months. Leaking gutters, overgrown gardens, broken glasshouses and pot holes in drive ways all cry out for attention.

Police are taking this opportunity to warn the public about bogus workmen and provide pointers to ensure a fair deal for contracts carried out.  Crime Prevention Officer, Duncan Carmichael of Northern Constabulary suggests considering the following to ensure an honest job;

Always obtain several quotes before selecting a contractor to carry out any work.

Be wary of speculative callers offering services such as urgent repairs to buildings or special offers to tarmacadam driveways.

By law you should ask for and receive paperwork giving you the opportunity to change your mind within seven days.

Talk the offer through with someone you trust, such as a friend, neighbour or family.

Never put yourself in the position where a contractor takes you to the bank to withdraw funds to pay for work agreed, occasionally individuals disappear once they have been paid.

If in any doubt before entering into any agreement, contact the Trading Standard helpline on
Tel: 0845 600 4222 alternatively contact Northern Constabulary on 01463 715555.