Fake builders targeting Tayside

The man was attacked in the street. Picture: Julie Bull

The man was attacked in the street. Picture: Julie Bull

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Police Scotland is urging residents to report suspicious incidents or activity to police following a number of incidents of bogus workmen operating in our area recently.

In Southampton Road, Broughty Ferry, two men cold-called at an address on Tuesday, January 20, at about 10.30 a.m. and offered to carry out roof repairs.

They asked the occupier for a substantial sum of money in cash. The roof did not require any repairs to be made and fortunately a family member intervened causing the men to leave. The suspicious circumstances were then reported to police.

The men were between 30 and 40-years old, one of whom was about five feet six inches tall and was wearing a grey coloured fleece. The other man was described as heavy build.

Three men also attended at an address in Bishoploch Road, Arbroath, on Tuesday, January 20, at about 11 a.m. and fraudulently obtained a four figure sum of cash, after telling the occupants that their roof required repairs. On receiving the cash the men stated that they would return to carry out the work, but failed to do so.

The first man is described as being 40 to 45-years-old, about five feet 10 inches tall, of heavy build, with fair hair and wearing a grey woollen hat, dark anorak and grey jogging bottoms. The second man is described as 35 to 40-years-old, heavy build, with short black hair and wearing a dark jacket, navy jeans and dark-coloured trainers. The third man is described as being in his early 20s, about five feet six inches tall, of slim build, with short fair hair and was wearing a dark coloured rain coat, blue jeans and trainers.