Rogue traders told elderly woman roof 'repairs' would cost £5

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An elderly woman was targeted by rogue traders who claimed her roof needed work and it would cost her £5, say police.

Two men visited the 80-year-old at her home in Compton Acres, West Bridgford, on Wednesday (November 22).

They told her that her roof needed some work doing to it and that it would cost her £5.

The men returned on Thursday (November 23) and removed tiles from her roof.

The woman challenged the men and they left in a van, leaving her roof "in a mess".

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The woman didn't hand over any money to the men, who never gave her their names, contact numbers or any business details.

The incident was reported to Nottinghamshire Police, which has issued advice on how to deal with rogue traders.

A spokesman said: "Our advice is that if you're approached for possible building or gardening work, don't make a decision straight away.

"Insist on seeing and checking the identification of calling traders, take a card or contact number and try and get a quote beforehand. Never had any money over up front.

"If you are suspicious or have any concerns, do not open your door at all and at all times use a spyhole or door chain.

"If you still have any suspicions or concerns, ask the trader to leave and close the door and call the police on 999 or contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040 506."