He keeps his tools in a milk container
A fake 'window cleaner' is touting for business in the St Thomas, Alphington and St Davids' areas of Exeter.
A PSCO called Malcolm says police have had reports of a man "pretending to clean windows and then asking for money from the home owner...He was recently stopped and had his window cleaning tools and water in a milk container in his backpack."
The shady washer is white, about 6 feet tall, medium build and has thinning hair. He usually goes around on a bike. People are paying and not getting the work done.
PCSO Malcom says: "If someone fitting this description does try to clean your windows without authorisation then please tell him to leave your property and do not give him any money. If he refuses to go then please call us."
He's not the window cleaner pictured here, although this gentleman is also believed to be bogus, with little time to clean windows on account of spending too much time making films and leaning on lamp-posts. At the time, George Formby explained he went cleaning windows to earn an honest bob. This is an early example of fake news.
However, if you see the Exeter bogus cleaner, the police non-emergency number number is 101. Calls cost 15 pence.