Hunt on for two conmen

Police are trying to track two bogus workmen, who conned two Penicuik pensioners out of hundreds of pounds.

An 80-year-old woman handed over a four figure sum of money on Thursday, February 16, after two men took her to her local bank. Since paying the men, they have failed to return to her Carlops Road home to carry out any work.

Also, on that day, two men visited the home of an 80-year-old man, living in the same street, and informed him work was required to his roof.

A fee was agreed and again the pensioner was driven to the bank where he withdrew money and handed it over.

The men returned the following day and obtained a cheque for a three-figure sum from the homeowner for further work before leaving.

No work has been carried out and police are now urging anyone who can help identify these men to come forward.

A police spokesman said: “We believe both of these incidents are linked, and are keen to hear from other residents of Carlops Road, who may have also been approached by the men, or who saw them in the area.

“Anyone who can assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact police immediately.”

If you have information, contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers and 0800 555 111.