Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Watch out, Esther's About

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Watch out, Esther's About

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The tv and charity guru targets rogue traders who prey on the elderly PICK OF THE DAY esther rantzen's house trapChannel 5, 7pm

AME Esther Rantzen has been a crusader for social and consumer justice for 50 years.

DMore recently, the Childline founder has turned her focus to the plight of Britain's elderly.

In 2012, she came up with the idea of creating another helpline,The Silver Line, this time to support vulnerable older people.

In this new series the 78-year-old has rogue traders who prey on Britain's 11 million older people, in her sights.

Each year, there are more than 169,000 doorstep hits from unscrupulous traders, 85% of them on OAPs. That is 395 every day. We regularly hear stories of vulnerable older people paying over the odds for work, or even being marched to the bank to have their accounts drained. …

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