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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2005, 17:55 GMT
Man arrested over building scam
George Shail's house
The men resurfaced George Shail's drive near Swindon
Officers investigating the death of a man days after he was forced to pay thousands of pounds for building work have made an arrest.

George Shail, 69, of Draycot Foliat, near Swindon, agreed to have his drive repaired for a small fee by two men.

After two hours' work, they forced him to pay several thousand pounds. Mr Shail went into hospital five days later and died on Wednesday.

Police say they are still searching for two other men.

The arrested man is thought to have been involved in work at the house.

'Untimely' death

On 29 November, two men driving a Citroen C5 HDI saloon car called at the man's house offering to repair his driveway.

After the man agreed, a yellow road resurfacing lorry arrived to carry out the work.

Once it was complete, a new payment sum was demanded and he was forced to travel to a bank in Swindon to withdraw the money.

Det Insp Paul Jennings, who is leading the investigation, said: "Given the man's very sad and untimely death, it is now even more important that the public provide us with whatever assistance is required to trace and arrest these two men who forced him to hand over a very significant sum of money."

One of men who used the Citroen car have been described as white, aged in his 40s, 5ft 9ins tall, with short hair and well-spoken with an Irish accent.

The second man was white, in his mid 30s, 5ft 8ins tall, with short, dark hair and a tanned face.

A post-mortem examination is being held.

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