Police appeal after 78 year old targetted by bogus workmen in Bathgate

Police appeal after 78 year old targetted by bogus workmen in Bathgate

Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses following a bogus workmen incident in Bathgate.

A 78-year-old woman was visited at her home in Hunter Grove at around 1 p.m. on Monday 6th February by three men offering to carry out repairs on the roof.

The men agreed a four-figure sum with the occupant who provided them with the money in cash.

Before completing any work however, the suspects left and did not return.

Inquiries are ongoing to trace these individuals and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

The first male is described as white, around 30-years-old with a heavy build and wearing a navy fleece, dark jeans, trainers and a baseball cap.

The second male is described as white, in his forties, 5ft 6ins tall with a slim build and wearing a baseball cap.

The third male is described as white, in his twenties and wearing a brown jacket.

All of the suspects spoke with Scottish accents.

Detective Constable Greig Muir said: “The victim has been left very distressed having been defrauded of a large sum of cash for work that was never carried out on her property.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing these men around Hunter Grove on Monday afternoon, or who has information that can help us trace them.

“At this time, we would again remind the public never to agree to unsolicited work on their homes or businesses and use only reputable people or companies for any repairs or maintenance they require.

“A range of useful crime prevention advice is available on our website by visiting www.scotland.police.uk.”

Anyone with information that can assist officers with their inquiries is asked to contact them on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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