« BackGardaí repeat warning about bogus tradesmen following suspicious incident in West Kerry

Gardaí are again warning people to be careful about who they allow into their homes following a suspicious incident in West Kerry.


Neighbours contacted Dingle gardaí after two men called to the home of an elderly man in Annascaul yesterday.

The men claimed to be tree surgeons.

The two men called to the home of the man, who’s in his 90s, in Annascaul around midday yesterday.

The callers claimed to be tree surgeons and the elderly man invited one of them into his home.

However, neighbours were suspicious and called Dingle gardaí.

Gardaí went to the old man’s house and found one of the men with him.

They asked both callers to produce evidence that they were tree surgeons but they were unable to produce documentation.

Sergeant Martin Allen stressed that no offence occurred but said both men left the house after speaking to gardaí.

He praised neighbours for contacting them.

Sergeant Allen said if someone calls to your home, purporting to be a tradesperson, they should be able to produce evidence of this as well as ID. He said people should only entertain genuine tradespeople.

Last Friday, in two separate incidents, homes in Killarney and Tralee were ransacked by men; one said he was a plumber while the other said he was checking the sewerage system.