17:23 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Police appeal after pensioner duped in cash handover

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

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A PENSIONER was duped into handing over money for work which was never carried out when a man came knocking on the door of his Woodville home.

The man came to his house, in Court Street, at around 9am on Thursday, November 28, asking for a deposit to carry out work in his garden, which the 89-year-old victim claims he had not requested.

He was forced into handing over ‘a considerable’ sum of money, all in £20 notes, as the man grabbed it from his wallet when he was counting out cash.

The man allegedly promised to return to carry out the work, but a spokesman for Derbyshire Police said this has not happened.

Officers are now appealing for help from anybody in the community who may have noticed anything at the time of the offence, including a vehicle.

The man is described as white, approximately 30 years of age, six feet tall and of large build and wearing a black beret-style hat and dark-coloured work clothing.

He spoke with what is described as a ‘local accent’.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Jason Chamberlain on 101, or Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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