Watch out for cow­boy tar-lay­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

TRAD­ING Stan­dards of­fi­cers are warn­ing home­own­ers to be­ware of a gang op­er­at­ing in the area that tries to per­suade res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of cheap work to drive­ways.

Two men were re­ported to have called on homes in West Brabourne say­ing they were work­ing near Ash­ford on a re-sur­fac­ing project and had ex­cess ma­te­rial that they could lay within the hour.

One was aged be­tween 40 and 50, of stocky build with dark hair and a mous­tache. The other was de­scribed as slim and aged be­tween 20 and 30. Both were wear­ing iden­ti­cal navy blue T-shirts with an HH logo on them.

They were said to be us­ing two ve­hi­cles – a sil­ver pick-up type van, pos­si­bly with High­ways Main­te­nance printed on the rear, and a large red sa­loon car.

Sim­i­lar ap­proaches to homes were re­ported in other ar­eas.

Caro­line El­liott from Trad­ing Stan­dards said: “Con­trac­tors work­ing for KCC do not sell off spare tar­mac to house­hold­ers and we ad­vise con­sumers to be care­ful when deal­ing with traders on the doorstep.”

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