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Elderly Portadown lady charged excessively for gardening services as police warn of rogue traders

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An elderly lady was charged excessively for gardening services in Portadown yesterday afternoon, as police issue warning on rogue traders.

Police have issued the reminder on door-to-door traders following the incident on Granville Road on Thursday.

While admitting there are legitimate traders who call at doors, there are unfortunately those that are out to target the vulnerable and charge way over what expected for the services they offer.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “This was the case yesterday in the Granville Road area of Portadown.

“The lady was offered gardening services but charged an amount that was excessively over what you would expect to pay.

“A reminder to check with any doorstep traders that they have the correct paperwork. If they have flyers are their names, contacts numbers and do they offer a cooling down period etc.

“In respect to yesterday’s incident on Granville Road did you see anything that may help us identify those rogue traders? Vehicle details etc? If so please call 101 and quote ref 1031 of 1/8/19.”

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