Man in court charged with defrauding Falkirk customers

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A man is due in court tomorrow accused of defrauding his customers and using intimidating behaviour.

Tonight police in Forth Valley confirmed that the 59-year-old man has been arrested and charged to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

Police said it had been “a long running investigation” in recent months, mainly in the Falkirk area, and has been spearheaded by Forth Valley’s Community Investigation Unit. It is also linked in to two current Police Scotland operations, Operation Core and Operation Monarda.

Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson, Area Commander for Falkirk, said: “Those who undertake doorstep crime often target the elderly and more vulnerable members of the community who don’t have the confidence to say no, even when they don’t need or want any work carried out.

“I would look for everyone to be vigilant, and if you see work being carried out in your neighbourhood and have any concerns about the legality of the workers, contact us on 101.

“Forth Valley Division, along with the whole of Police Scotland, is working hard tackle this type of criminality through both Operation Core and Operation Monarda.

Those who have information regarding doorstep crime in their area can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Those wishing to track the progress of Operation Core can visit the Forth Valley Police Division Facebook page or follow #OpCore on Twitter.