An 80 year old lady from High Legh was tricked into paying for unnecessary work last week.

She had been “cold called” and agreed to have two flashings and her chimney “re-pointed” for £70.

The lady was shocked and very distressed when she discovered that the same workman had also re-painted the whole roof of her bungalow, without her consent, and was now asking for £800.

The roof had only been resealed and repainted just two years ago and the work was totally unnecessary.


Please can I remind you that Bogus callers can turn up as builders or gardeners and try to trick you into paying for unnecessary work.

You should never agree to having work done by someone who is just passing, or take their word that the work needs to be done at all.

Don’t be pressured into paying them before they do any work.

Do not accept any offer from them to drive you to a bank to withdraw money.

If you think work needs to be done, get quotes from trusted companies, two or three should be enough. Also consider asking a friend or relative for a recommendation.

Please call Cheshire Police on telephone number 101 if you think a bogus caller has called at your door.


Jane Thirsk