On Saturday, 24 October between 09:30-10:00hrs, an elderly couple - a female aged in her 70s and male in his 80s who suffers from Parkinson’s disease - were told by male caller at their address in Grosvenor Avenue, Carshalton, that he needed access to their side of a chimney which they shared with a neighbour to complete a repair. They handed over the £140 he requested only to be told he needed another £80 for materials - money that was also handed over. He promised to return to carry out the work but never turned up.
On Tuesday, 27 October, a trickster who went to the lengths of climbing up onto a elderly male resident’s roof to show that it needed repairing, had his offer of work declined after the resident spotted that the photographs that the roofer had said he had taken whilst up there, were pictures of shed roofs. The caller left the address in Pine Ridge, Carshalton, empty handed.