A Weymouth woman handed over a total of £1,700 after being targeted by rogue traders.

Police said a woman aged in her 60s reported a man had attended her flat, claiming to be the groundsman for the flats and saying that waterworks were being carried out.

He said works were required to stop her garden being flooded and she would have to pay £600 to cover the costs.

She went to her bank to withdraw the money and when she returned she received a call from a man claiming to be from the contractor carrying out the work, who said she needed to pay an extra £1,100.

She handed over the money to two men wearing lanyards and ID badges at the address.

It is one of a series of rogue trader crimes in Dorset, and police are urging residents to be vigilant.

A number of incidents have been reported across the county in recent weeks.

Detective Inspector Neil Wright, of the priority crime team, said: “These incidents have all involved men targeting vulnerable women in their own homes by obtaining their details and then putting pressure on them to pay for drainage or water works they claimed were required.

“I would urge anyone with information about these incidents, or who has been approached in similar circumstances, to please contact police.

“Officers have visited these victims to give advice and support and I would encourage all residents to be on their guard against offenders such as this.

“Our advice is to never accept work from anyone who offers it to you over the phone or at your door, never go to the bank with or at the request of a tradesperson and if you think you have been scammed or are being targeted contact us immediately.”

For more advice on doorstep crime visit www.dorset.police.uk

Anyone with information about the incidents or who wants to report a similar incident is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101, by email on 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or visit the website. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.