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Dorset PoliceDorset Police say they received a report at around 2.30pm on Tuesday 25 October 2022 of suspicious activity after a number of men using a white Transit tipper vehicle carried out work in the garden of a property in Okeford Fitzpaine near Sturminster Newton.

The victim – a man aged in his 70s – was allegedly forced to go to a bank with the men to withdraw money for the work carried out at his address.

Officers attended and three men from the East Dorset area – aged 32, 34 and 57 – were all arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. They have been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Jane Moore, of North Dorset police, said: ‘Officers responded swiftly to this incident and we have arrested a number of individuals.

‘Our investigation is continuing and the victim is being supported by the location neighbourhood policing team, as well as his family.

‘I would ask anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the vicinity around the relevant time to please come forward.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220173713. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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