Alleged bogus workmen charged

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A GROUP of four men have been arrested and charged in connection with a series of alleged bogus workman offences that have happened in Edinburgh over the past two years.

The men, aged 26, 19, and 28, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Thursday), while a fourth man, 32, is due to appear at court tomorrow.

All of the men are accused of carrying out sub-standard work on the homes of elderly people in the Capital.  One of the men has also been charged in connection with a number of alleged distraction thefts, again at the homes of elderly residents.

It is alleged that the men profited to the tune of around £23,000 as a result of their activities.

They were arrested and charged following an operation carried out as part of Operation Aristotle, a Lothian and Borders Police operation targeting bogus callers.

As part of the operation, officers were supported by colleagues in City of Edinburgh Council’s Trading Standards Department.

DCI Sara Buchanan, who is leading Operation Aristotle, said: “Operation Aristotle will continue to target bogus workman activity, and we will take robust action against anyone suspected of being engaged in this type of criminality.

“At this time I would urge people to visit the Lothian and Borders Police website, where they can access advice and information on how they can protect themselves from bogus callers.”

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