‘Cowboy’ warning to residents

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Mansfield and Ashfield residents are being warned about bogus cold-callers giving the impression that they are from Nottinghamshire County Council offering to carry out driveway repairs.

Both the authority’s Trading Standards team and Nottinghamshire Police have received a report from resident of a trader offering to use leftover tarmac to do repairs on properties.

The council is stressing that such traders are not from the authority or a contractor used by the authority and recommends that residents ignore cold-callers.

Community safety spokesman Coun Glynn Gilfoyle said: “Cowboy traders often pretend that they are from a trusted organisation such as the county council to win over people’s confidence but don’t be fooled. A good tactic to avoid a doorstep caller’s sales pitch is to tell them you are renting your house so you cannot give them permission to do any work.”

To report an incident, contact Citizens’ Advice on 03454 04 05 06.