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2 MEN ARRESTED OVER SUSPICIOUS COLD CALLING INCIDENT

Police on the Isle of Wight have arrested 2 men following a suspicious cold calling incident in East Cowes.

On Tuesday (4th September), a man aged in his 70s received a telephone call at his Sylvan Avenue home stating that there were drain problems in his area. 2 men visited the victims home the following day and used camera equipment and a laptop to show him that there was a blockage which would cost £5,000 to repair.

The victim said that he would need to visit his bank and the men agreed to return at 17:00 to collect the money.

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Now, 2 men from Dorset have been subsequently arrested on suspicion of offences including fraud by false representation. They have been released from custody without charge, but remain under investigation.

Investigating officers are linking this incident with another in the New Forest. which Hampshire Constabulary previously issued an appeal about. A woman was charged over £2,500 for drainage work in Lymington after receiving a cold call at her St Thomas Park home on Monday 3rd September.

Anyone with information about either incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area can contact PC Scott Carine at Newport Police Station by calling 101 quoting 44180335848, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

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