Police seek gardener in connection with fraudulent trading in Seaford

Police want to speak with Gary Smith, 41, in connection with fraudulent trading SUS-160428-171937001

Police want to speak with Gary Smith, 41, in connection with fraudulent trading SUS-160428-171937001

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Police are looking to speak with a man in connection with fraudulent incidents committed in Seaford.

Police wish to contact Gary Smith, 41, whose last known address was in Lancing, West Sussex, over several incidents across Sussex, including in Seaford, Hove and Portslade, since last summer.

Examples of leaflets SUS-160428-172013001

Examples of leaflets SUS-160428-172013001

Trading as a gardener and landscaper, he is believed to approach potential clients with favourable quotes for work and then seek money upfront for materials.

Work is then either not done at all or carried out inadequately, leaving victims out of pocket.

Leaflets headed Cherry Tree or Oaklands are used to advertise his prices for garden maintenance, mention over 15 years’ experience and that references and free estimates are available.

Detective Constable Carmelle Kemp, of Brighton CID, said: “We want to hear from anyone who may have had one of these leaflets through their door.

“We’d also like to talk to anyone who may know Mr Smith or his current whereabouts, or who may have had dealings with him of a similar nature?”

Anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 834 of 20/08/2015.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

NOTE: This incident is in no way related to Oaklands Landscaping, a reputable firm in Eastbourne. If you have any enquiries, contact Mr B Sansom on 01323 507856 or 07836386269. For more information on Oaklands Landscaping, visit www.oaklands-landscaping.com.

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