CONMEN are hoping to clean up after houses were battered in last week’s storm.

Police are warning people to be on alert after dodgy workmen started doing the rounds offering to carry out repairs.

Opportunist cowboy builders are targeting houses damaged in last Thursday’s storm, hoping to pocket cash before they are gone with the wind, leaving jobs undone.

East Dunbartonshire Trading Standards has received calls from people who have been ripped off and they hope to combat this problem with help from the police.

Head of housing and community services, Kenny Simpson, said: “Some consumers in Milngavie and Bearsden have fallen victim to bogus workmen and doorstep sellers.

“It is imperative that people follow our guidance to avoid being targeted. It is extremely important that you ask traders for all information in writing, as reputable traders should not have a problem with this and you should not allow yourself to be badgered into paying for anything in cash, especially not until the job is complete.”

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