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PROLIFIC OFFENDER COLD CALLING CLEANING GUTTERING

Alert message sent 05/06/2021 23:35:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Good Evening Citizen
 
Please help to protect your neighbours from this prolific offender.
 
Several years ago I sent a message to alert residents to a man cold calling door to door offering services such as cleaning guttering and windows. I believe this man has once again been in West End – this time in WOODLAND MEWS on Sunday 23rd May 2021 and COOPERS CLOSE on Thursday and Friday 27th and 28th May 2021 and I have no doubt other roads as well.
 
In Coopers Close he has called himself ‘LIAM’, And on this occasion had a ‘girlfriend’ with him.
 
Male -
  • On at least one occasion he has called himself ‘LIAM’ and I believe he has used similar sounding names on other occasions. We do not believe these are his real name.
  • White male, tall, slim, brown hair, aged approx. late 20’s to early 40’s.
Female –
  • White female, brown shoulder length hair.
This man is local to Southampton and has been doing this for many years, usually charging around £20-£40. A few residents say they have checked his work and are happy, but MANY OTHERS say the work has not been done, or been done to a substandard level. And there have been other complaints.
 
In Coopers Close, the male started with cleaning the guttering for £40 cash, but then quickly offered to do other work – to fill in a pond. Ultimately taking just over £400 cash from an elderly couple. The female accomplice asked to use the bathroom and was let into the house to do so.
 
Method/s –
  • Usually on foot and alone, with bucket. However, sometimes with another male or as above, has now been with a female.
  • This male sometimes ‘borrows’ a ladder to use at multiple jobs, however he often does not return the ladders and then leaves them in other residents gardens.
  • Starts off offering to clean / clear the guttering or wash the windows, but often then offers to do other work, sometimes needing to go and get materials which he requires payment for upfront.
Locations/s –
  • Hedge End, West End.
  • Netley, Bursledon.
  • Bitterne, Harefield.
  • Sholing, Woolston.
  • Redbridge, Millbroook.
  • Portswood, Bassett.
  • Shirley, Freemantle.
Are you a victim? Can you help us to prosecute this man? Please make an online report, or call 101, if this man has taken money off of you and done substandard work or not done work at all. Do you have CCTV Footage or Doorbell Footage of him?
 
Many victims are elderly, but this is not always the case, ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM.
 
PLEASE HELP US TO REACH MORE RESIDENTS, AND PREVENT PEOPLE FROM BEING SCAMMED - tell your friends, family and neighbours about Hampshire Alert. Or forward this email on, so they can sign up direct - www.hampshirealert.co.uk
 
Can you help by sharing this message to Facebook community groups? And to your friends and family? Parish Councils - please share this message. Please use the share button below to share this onto Facebook and Twitter.
 
Please look out for your neighbours, are they having work done? If you feel comfortable please go and ask your neighbours if they feel under pressure or uneasy about having the work done - if necessary call 101, or 999 if it is an emergency.
 
Kind Regards, PCSO 12948 Woodcock.
Message sent by
Mica Woodcock (Police, PCSO, Eastleigh District)

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