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‘Bitumen Bandits’ back on Beaches spreading rubble and trouble

A Northern Beaches business is warning locals that the notorious ‘Bitumen Bandits’ are in the area again, allegedly performing shoddy work and cheating customers. The teams of driveway ‘repairers’ knock on doors offering to patch worn driveways with fresh bitumen. However, they typically do substandard work, demand cash payment in advance, increase the agreed charge mid-job, and frequently abandon the work altogether to flee before the repairs are completed. In the latest incident, a motor mechanic revealed to Manly Observer how the devious team fooled him by claiming they were contractors for Northern Beaches Council. The scam Jim (his name changed on request) told Manly Observer, “Two young guys, one with an English accent, approached us and said they were doing a job for the Council up...
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