Penarth Police are urging local residents to be on their guard and to look out for their neighbours after reports of rogue traders operating in the town.
It’s today been disclosed than on December 12th – in Plymouth Road, Penarth – an 83-year-old woman was tricked into handing over £600 to two bogus workmen who claimed they would fix her chimney.
The two crooks both with “Irish accents” and aged around 30 and 50 respectively – claimed to be with bona-fide tradesmen who were working nearby – but actually had no connection with them The pair took the money and said they’d return with material to carry out the work – but failed to return
HAZEL ROAD PENSIONER INCIDENT
The Plymouth Road offence was committed just three days after an earlier incident in Hazel Road, Penarth in which a 90-year-old woman was also targeted at her home on by a man using a similar story. In the event nothing was actually stolen but police say the pensioner has been left feeling “vulnerable and frightened”.
The man in the Hazel Road incident was said to be “tidily dressed with dark hair and nicely spoken with no noticeable accent”. A small white van was also parked nearby.
BURGLARY: ST DAVID’S CRESCENT
Meanwhile a property on St David’s Crescent Penarth has been burgled . The break in happened some time between 10.30 and 14.45. Thieves gained entry to the house via a rear door and helped themselves to a quantity of cash.
Inspector Gary Smart – who’s in charge of Penarth Police station said: “While we don’t want to alarm residents in Penarth, we would like to remind people to be on their guard and to make sure their property is kept secure.”
“There are some very unscrupulous people operating throughout South Wales, and that unfortunately includes the Penarth area. I want to urge householders to be very cautious of doorstep callers, ensuring they ask for identification and asking the caller to wait outside while the check its authenticity.”
“I’d like to remind them that they have the right to as these people to leave their property, and if they feel threatened or pressured, they should report them to the police via 101 or 999.”
“I’m also urging people to look out for their neighbours and to urge any suspicious activity. Rogue traders will often target society’s most vulnerable and while our officers regularly patrol the whole town, members of the public can and do provide additional valuable information.”