Hailsham pair arrested in suspected rogue trader case

A man and a woman have been arrested in Hailsham on suspicion of fraud after bank staff became suspicious about an elderly customer's account.

Sussex Police said it was thought the victim had been persuaded to part with a significant amount of money for work allegedly carried out on his gutters.

The man, 27, and woman, 31, who were both local, were bailed until October.

Police and East Sussex trading standards officers said they were dealing with "suspected rogue traders".

Councillor Carl Maynard, from East Sussex County Council, said: "We are very concerned about the sales tactics of some companies, especially when they are dealing with elderly or vulnerable people in our communities."

He said consumers had rights to cancel contracts and traders were required by law to give customers a copy of their cancellation rights in writing.

Police said they investigated the case with trading standards officers after receiving an alert from NatWest bank.

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