Two men arrested for break-ins

McAlpine struggled with police
McAlpine struggled with police

Householders have been urged by police to be vigilant against bogus tradesman after a spate of break-ins in the area.

Letters were posted through the doors of residents living in Springfield, which has been recently targeted, by the West Lothian Community Investigation Unit asking them for their assistance.

Police say they have arrested two males who were caught at the scene of an incident in the Broxburn area and believe they are responsible for other crimes across the county.

The men reportedly claim to be tradesmen looking to do gardening or landscaping work after scoping out areas to target.

In the letter police warned householders to be wary of any suspicious behaviour and listed some examples to look out for.

It said: “The following are indicators that the persons at your door are bogus tradesman.

“They are in a van or car that has no signage displaying their company name, They have no idenfication showing their company name and their own identity.

“They are of an unkempt appearance, work is carried out to a poor standard or they target addresses of elderly or vulnerable people.”

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 01506 639874 or 101, email them or make an anonymous report through charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.