Police are warning Islanders to be dubious about buying items from random strangers following reports of men trying to sell machinery from the back of 2 Transit vans.

Over the past couple days officers have received numerous reports of 2 Ford Transit vans and a maroon Mitsubishi Shogun travelling around the Island. The occupants of these vehicles are trying to sell items of machinery, including generators.

Island Echo has also received several reports of these vehicles acting suspiciously in East Cowes, Ryde and Ventnor. One reader stated that his father-in-law had been blocked in and sold a generator he did not want at an address near Whitely Bank. The occupants of the van, described as Irish, then repeatedly ‘demanded’ money from the elderly gentleman.

One of the vans is said to have the registration mark LR15 JJX. The same vehicle was flagged up by Police in Basingstoke over 18 months ago.

Just last night an Island Echo reader was offered a generator by 2 Irish men at Red Funnel’s car ferry terminal.

PCSO Justin Keefe has said:

“We work closely with Isle of Wight Trading Standards and we would both like to remind all residents on the island to be aware of purchasing items from the back of vehicle from a stranger”.

Anyone with any concerns should contact the Police via 101 or the Isle of Wight Council’s Trading Standards on 01983 823370.

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