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Potential victims of a suspected bogus builder were today encouraged to come forward after a 94-year-old blind man was approached at his home.

The elderly man, who lives with his wife, answered his door to a man visiting addresses on Bucklands Avenue in Ashton, Preston, on Wednesday morning but refused to have work done.

His suspicious neighbours spotted the man and alerted police.

They followed him until officers arrived at the scene.

Detectives from Preston CID have arrested and quizzed the 48-year-old.

They are appealing for anyone else in Ashton who was approached about building work on the same morning to come forward.

Det Sgt Martin Pearson, of Preston CID, said: “ A man knocked at the elderly man’s door purporting to be doing building work, and claimed he needed building work on his property.

“It was due to the vigilance of his neighbours who contacted us and followed the suspect, that we were able to make a quick arrest.

“Fortunately the pensioner had not handed over any money and gave him short shrift .

“But we now need to know if anyone else in the area was approached in similar circumstances.”

The 48-year-old, from East Lancashire, has been arrested on suspicion of breaching an ASBO and suspicion of an attempted burglary.

Anyone with further information about door sellers in Ashton on the day in question should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

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