Man, 21, from Wickham charged after burglary in Gosport
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Officers investigating a burglary which took place as part of a suspected cold calling scam in Gosport have now charged a man.
It was reported to us that on Monday 13 November, a man gained entry to a house on Highfield Road by offering to provide a quote for gardening work. After he left the address, the occupant noticed that her purse and its contents had been stolen.
Larky Hughes, 21, of The Spur, Wickham has been arrested and charged with burglary dwelling in connection with the incident.
He has been remanded to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on 25/11/2023.
We would like to encourage Gosport residents to stay vigilant to doorstop trader scams and report any suspicious behaviour to us.
We would also like to urge residents to read the following crime prevention advice and share this with any friends, neighbours and relatives – particularly if they are elderly or have vulnerabilities – relating to dealing with doorstep traders.
• Discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader • Always check the credentials of unknown callers. Anyone selling door-to-door needs a pedlar’s certificate, which you can ask to see • Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Do not be pressured into having any work carried out • Never pay cash up front and never go to the bank or cash point with a trader • If you suspect a rogue trader is at your door, or if you feel intimidated or they are refusing to leave, call 999 • Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family
You can read more details about door-to-door scams on our website here: https://orlo.uk/RRIxq