Family calls in police after dementia support worker spots con on client in Trowbridge (From Wiltshire Times)
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Family calls in police after dementia support worker spots con on client in Trowbridge
6:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Latest News
A care worker who uncovered a rogue builder trying to con a Trowbridge woman with dementia is being honoured by Alzheimer’s Support.
Sadie Bence, 24, became concerned when she noticed roofing work being carried out at the home of one of her clients.
Miss Bence, who started working for the charity in January, knew the woman had only recently had roof work done and contacted her family, who got in touch with police.
A 17-year-old boy, from Trow-bridge, was arrested on suspicion of fraud and was later given a youth caution.
Miss Bence said: “I knew the roof didn’t need doing again. I saw that she was being charged £900 for the work and I knew that was not right.”
In Miss Bence’s role with Alzh-eimer’s Support, she visits people with dementia, to offer help to them and their families.
She will be given an Extra Mile Award by the charity, which has 50 care workers, at its annual general meeting next month.
Anna Littlechild, the charity’s chief executive, said: “People with dementia are vulnerable and we all need to do what we can to ensure they can live independently in the community.”
Miss Bence said: “It was such a horrible thing for someone to do and I’d like to think if someone came across somebody conning a member of my family they’d speak up.”
Wiltshire Police praised her actions and appealed for other people to look out for vulnerable members of the community.
Sergeant Jim Suter said: “Neighbours can play an important role in flagging up scams.”
Find Alzheimer’s Support at www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk
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