One elderly gentleman who was attending the meeting at the Bradbury Centre, Rose Street, was approached by a man as he left - who claimed he had done work on his chimney flashing - and asked for £260.
The gentleman was immediately suspicious as he does not have a chimney, and feared that the man knew what sort of meeting was taking place - and was waiting to approach 'elderly vulnerable people’ as they left.
He was also concerned that the rogue trader may target other elderly people, including asking for their home addresses and going round to collect money.
He described the man as 5”6 with normal build, having tanned or olive coloured skin, black greased back hair and speaking with a local accent.
The police reminded residents to ring 999 if approached in this way, to never give out your home address to people in the street, be aware that they may target other meetings in the area, and inform family and friends to spread the message.