PEOPLE are being warned to watch out for crooks trying to make a fast buck off the back of a storm.

A group of people have been impersonating East Sussex Highways staff and asking for money from residents to fix driveways and remove fallen trees.

This comes in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which saw roads damaged and trees felled across the South East with 80mph winds and driving rain. But a small group has tried to take advantage of the damage caused by the extreme weather conditions.

Now East Sussex Highways has come forward to slam the actions and stop any residents from falling for the scam.

A spokesman said: “We’ve had reports of people impersonating East Sussex Highways staff requesting money from residents to either tarmac driveways or remove fallen trees.

“We will never request money for this. If you have any callers requesting this, please inform the police.”