Police have issued a warning to Peterborough residents after a number of reports of suspicious activity over the last month.
Since November 6, officers have received 10 reports of a similar nature whereby a man has called at an address asking for money, claiming he has either cleaned out their gutters or windows, or the gutters need to be cleaned.
He has then asked for a payment of between £40 to £80 for the work, and on one occasion he let himself in to an elderly woman’s home and left with the victim’s purse without her noticing at the time.
Helen O’Driscoll, crime reduction officer for Peterborough, said: “A 40-year-old man from Peterborough has been arrested in connection with some of the offences, however there could well be more incidents which have happened and gone unreported.
“I am asking anyone who has had this happen to them, or their relative/neighbour, to contact police – the more information we have about this the more likely we are to put an end to it.
“The offender seems to be targeting elderly residents, therefore I would urge anyone with elderly neighbours or relatives to look out for them and report anything suspicious.”
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online reporting system at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Advice around doorstep selling can be found on the force website here https://www.cambs.police.uk/crimeprevention/advice/advice.asp?ID=170.