THREE men have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to defraud an elderly woman.

A man, 31, from Deeside, and two men, 31 and 28, from St Helens, were arrested this morning, Friday, as they approached an address in Egerton Street in Stockton Heath.

Officers also seized a transit van as part of their investigation.

DI Karen Jaundrill said: "I'd like to take this opportunity to remind people to be vigilant and call police if you become suspicious of anyone who comes to your door offering to carry out work.

"I'd also ask residents to look out for their elderly or vulnerable neighbours, reporting any suspicious activity to police and checking on your neighbour's welfare."

Police have also issued advice to residents to help them avoid crime on their doorsteps:

• Always check the identity of the doorstep caller by telephoning the company they are claiming to be from. Use the telephone number listed in your phone book, or off the company website. Do not use a number the caller gives you.

• Check whether traders are members of the Local Authority Assured Trader Schemes, or the Government Trust Mark Scheme.

• Discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or a friend who can help you find a reputable trader.

• Don't agree to anything on the spot, or sign anything. Do not feel pressured into having work carried out.

• Never pay cash upfront and don't ever go to the bank or cashpoint with a trader.

Anyone with information about rogue traders is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, or 999 if there is a crime in progress.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.