Man charged over bogus council visit

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A MAN has been arrested in connection with an alleged bogus caller incident when a fraudster tricked his way into a home by pretending to be clearing leaves for Midlothian Council.

The 35-year-old man was detained by police and was set to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.

The incident took place at an address in Newbattle Road in Newtongrange, Midlothian, at around 1pm on Monday.

The suspect allegedly gained access to the house by falsely claiming that he was there on behalf of the council to clear leaves from the property.

Police were called, and the man was subsequently arrested.

A police spokesman said: “Police are now appealing for anyone who thinks they have been a victim of a similar crime in the area in recent days to get in touch on 0131-311 3131.”