Police have been making enquiries after an elderly Wotton under Edge resident became the victim of a rogue trader and burglary.

Two men called at the victim's home at Venns Acre in Wotton on Monday at 10am.

The victim was told that a tile on his roof needed to be repaired and quoted the price of £3,000.

When this was accepted a further £2,000 was added to the cost.

Regrettably the victim paid this amount up front and was told that the work would be carried out the following day.

A third male then attended the address yesterday at around 10am.

The victim permitted this man to enter and was shown a video clip of the work which this suspect said he would carry out.

Clearly this was just a distraction tactic as this third suspect left the address a little later after which the victim discovered that he had been burgled with many items of sentimental value, and more cash, stolen from his bedroom.

All three were white men, some in workman's clothing and one wearing a fawn coloured anorak with red a white and white band.

The police are now appealing for help to find the culprits.

A force spokesman said: "These two offences have caused great distress to an elderly Wotton under Edge resident and we would very much like to hear from you if you can help us to identify these wretched thieves.

"Do you remember seeing the males above, have you had anyone knocking on your front door offering roofing services?"

Officers are advising people to be vigilant when answering the door and to use a door chain and viewer.

They also recommend that people do not allow works to be done by traders going door-to-door offering services that have not been specifically organised.

Anyone with information is asked to either telephone Police on ‘101’ or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk quoting incident 378 20/10/2020.