ROGUE traders were targeted in a police crackdown aimed at protecting the vulnerable this week.

Safer Neighbourhood teams and officers from the Road Traffic Unit teamed up with Trading Standards officers to stop any tradesperson seen working on houses or in gardens on Wednesday. This day of action was part of a week of activities taking places across the UK, led by Operation Liberal, the national intelligence unit for distraction burglary and associated travelling criminality, and Trading Standards.

Crime prevention and design advisor for Dorset Police Debbie Oldfield said: “If you feel that you have been a victim of a rogue trader please do not feel embarrassed. Contact Dorset Police or Trading Standards and report it.

“By working together we can try to stop this sort of heinous crime.”

If you are concerned or intimidated by a caller at your door, call Dorset Police on 999.

For more information, or to report anything suspicious, call Dorset Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.