Bogus workman warning in Gorebridge

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a bogus workmen incident in Gorebridge.

Sometime in February, a man attended an address on Barleyknowe Road offering to carry out roof repairs.

The victim, a woman in her 80s, went into her home to retrieve cash and the man entered behind her.

He took a two-figure sum of money from her and left, and did not return to carry out the repairs.

The suspect is described as 5ft 8in tall and in his early 50s. He was tanned, clean-shaven, with an athletic build and spoke with an Edinburgh accent. He was possibly wearing jeans, and travelling in a white van. The incident was reported to officers on Sunday, April 10.

Detective Sergeant Gavin Morrison of Dalkeith CID, said: “We’d urge anyone who may have been a victim of this type of crime to contact us, or a trusted neighbour or relative, as soon as possible.

“It is never the victim’s fault. Perpetrators of doorstep crime are very manipulative and will use all possible means to convince the homeowner that they’re legitimate in order to get money.

“Be wary of anyone attending your property offering to carry out work, and always ask for identification from callers you don’t know and are not expecting.

“If you are unsure, or are made to feel uncomfortable or intimidated then call someone you know or police. We’d rather than attend a false alarm that have someone fall victim to doorstep crime.”

Anyone with information about this incident, or who recognises the description of the suspect, is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.