FOUR men have been charged after an elderly woman from Basingstoke was one of several to be duped by rogue traders.

The men were charged after an investigation into four rogue trader incidents during February and March, in Aldershot, Camberley, Farnborough and Basingstoke, during which elderly members of the public were charged excessive amounts of money for roofing work that was often not needed, and then driven to the bank to withdraw cash.

On March 29, an 84-year-old woman from Basingstoke was driven to the bank to withdraw £4,000, but an off duty member of police staff intervened.

The men have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

They are Andrew Doe, 21, of Foxborough Close, Slough, Billy Doe, 19, of Foxborough Close, Slough, Jessie James, 30, of Ditton Road, Slough, and Kevin Haines, 31, of Lower Elmstone Drive, Reading.

Andrew Dow has also been charged with money laundering offences.

They have all been bailed to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on July 24.