POLICE have warned Verwood residents of rogue traders operating in the area.

The traders are reportedly offering to clean gutters.

A post on the East Dorset Police Facebook page said: “Rogue traders are targeting properties in East Dorset area.

“Today (July 9) a man attended an address in Verwood offering to clean out gutters. When asked for a business card he was not able to provide one.

“He drove a plain white van.

“Do not allow unscheduled workers in to your house. Never pay for work before it is started and check ID.

“Report any suspicious workers or trades persons to Dorset Police on 101 or online at www.dorset.police.uk.”