All parish residents should be mindful that bogus trades people have in the past targeted the area.

To avoid these scammers do not accept work under take by door to door traders.

Callers offering to under-take gardening, tree cutting/felling, driveways and roofing repairs, are very often scammers and will charge exorbitant fees for their ‘services’; and often for work that is not required.

If you need work undertaken or think you need repairs ask a neighbour or the Citizens Advice in Dartford (0300 330 9001) for assistance. If you are concerned about a trader contact KCC Trading Standards (01622 671411).

If you think you have been the victim of a crime call police on 999 in an emergency (especially if the suspect is present) or 101 in a non emergency.