Rogue tarmaccers have been driven away from Budleigh Salterton for the time being thanks to the Community Messaging System set up to help the public in the fight against crime.
Following a police warning that persons had been reported as offering tarmac work in the Budleigh Salterton area on 14 March the authorities were able to confirm the next day that a community messaging recipient had responded promptly, enabling police to stop-check and identify the occupants of a vehicle.
"Although no actual offences were committed in this case these people will have realised that their card is now marked and may not try their tricks here for a while," said the police. "The police officers involved were suspicious but there was not enough evidence to take direct action."
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"Please be aware of the risks of employing such callers," the police warn. "The standard of work and the cost will often not be what you expect. Threats and intimidation are also employed to get the customer to pay outrageous prices, especially the elderly and vulnerable."
Rogue tarmaccers continue to be a perennial problem. The authorities advise the public to have nothing to do with such people and to look out for neighbours who may be approached. All suspicious callers should be reported to the police.
Please phone the police with any information on 08452 777 444.