ROOFING cowboys ripped off a grandmother of 10 for £3,600 – and even left her without completing the work.
The gang overcharged 75 year old Dorothy Blackbourne for guttering work after she had responded to a flyer pushed through the letterbox of her High Road, Rayleigh, home.
She had called the number on the flyer and agreed to the work which they said would cost £1,100. But they added another £2,500 to the bill and left her conservatory and outside toilet with no guttering or drainpipes.
Mrs Blackbourne, who lives alone, went to the bank to get the cash, where a cashier asked her if she was being pressured. She said: “I said I was fine, I didn’t really think there was anything wrong at the time.
“But I didn’t notice everything that was missing until they had gone. It was a proper cowboy job.
"They even took the flyer from the living room table so there was no way of contacting them again.”