BOGUS workmen have been targeting vulnerable people in the Forth Valley area, police have warned.

The area’s police division even claimed one elderly person was taken to different bank branches to withdraw “large sums of cash” for uncompleted and poor-quality work.

A release from the police division said: “Police have been advised of bogus workmen activity in the Polmont area (Falkirk) which has been ongoing for the past 7-10 days.

“One elderly resident has agreed to works being carried out on his property including paving, fence repair/replacement.

“The original price quoted quickly increased and in the end ran into several thousands of pounds.

“The standard of work, all of which is incomplete, is of an extremely poor standard.

“It is of note that the suspects (below) have taken the elderly resident to the bank, different branches, to withdraw large sums of cash.

“Due to the diligence of a staff member who was rightly concerned, contacted the Police meaning that further financial harm was prevented.”

Two male suspects have been identified in relation to the incident.

The first man has been described as 40-60 years of age, 5 6”, stocky build, with short grey hair and he spoke with a slight Irish accent.

The second man has been described as 20-40 years of age, 5 8”, athletic build with short black hair, and he spoke with a local accent. This male was wearing a light-coloured cap and jacket.

The pair are believed to be travelling in a White coloured transit van with an Irish number plate (prefix unknown).

Police believe that these males canvassed the area for a period of time and had agreed for work on other properties to be carried out.

Anyone with information about them should contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference number 20201027-1185, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.