Police called out over £350 hedge cutting bill in Sheffield

David Slater outside his mother's house in Stannington who was conned into paying �350 to have her hedge pruned
David Slater outside his mother's house in Stannington who was conned into paying �350 to have her hedge pruned
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A WARNING has been issued by relatives of a Sheffield woman who was charged £350 – to have a hedge pruned.

The 74-year-old, from Stannington, asked a gardening firm working for her neighbour to cut her hedge back and claims she was quoted £60 an hour and told the work would take only 30 minutes.

But, once the work was carried out, the gardener asked her for £450.

When she told him she did not have that amount of cash he dropped the price to £350 which she paid.

The OAP’s family say she was conned and have contacted South Yorkshire Police to make a complaint.

Her relatives are urging others to avoid agreeing to work without getting an official quote in writing first.

Her son, David Slater, 50, said: “He quoted her £60 an hour, said it would take 30 minutes and my mum agreed and even made him a cup of tea, but when he came for his money he said it was £450.

“She said she didn’t have it so he dropped the price to £350 and rather than ringing me first she handed it over and he drove off without giving her a receipt.

“People need to know these kind of people are operating. As far as I’m concerned I feel my mother has been robbed.”