Warning over ‘bogus callers’ on estate

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RESIDENTS have been warned about suspected bogus callers on a Bury St Edmunds housing estate.

The alert from Suffolk Police follows incidents on the Howard Estate where men reportedly knocked on doors offering to fix guttering in exchange for cash.

They claimed to be working for social landlord Havebury Housing Partnership.

Two police officers have since been assigned to patrol the estate to clampdown on any suspect activity.

A spokesman for the police said a man knocked on the door of a property, in Eagle Walk, and asked for £100 up front for guttering work on Wednesday, March 21, at 5.50pm.

He was 5ft 10in tall with black hair and wore a navy blue top with ‘Home Improvements’ written on it and navy blue shorts.

A similar incident occurred in St Olaves Road that day. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Raynham Road said residents had expressed concerns about other similar incidents in the neighbourhood.

Bosses for Havebury say the calls are not related to them.

John Farman, head of housing, said: “We do have contractors currently carrying out roofline work on the Howard estate as part of our ongoing maintenance programme.

“Our tenants are notified when contractors will be working on their home and an appointment is made.Our contractors would certainly not ask for any money and also carry identification to confirm they are acting on our behalf.”

Inspector Jane Hertzog added: “We are working with Havebury to identify suspects and put a stop to these bogus calls.” Any incidents should be reported to the police immediately using the 101 non-emergency number.

n Residents can access an accredited list of trusted trades people using a free online database at www.checkatrade.com, which is working with Suffolk Trading Standards.