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Village fund-raiser for con artist victim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 28, 2014

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A VILLAGE has joined together to fund-raise for an elderly woman conned out of money by a man posing as a builder.

The 87-year-old woman, from Overseal, was targeted by the fraudster who told her she owed him money for roof work he had never actually done.

Now, members of the village have decided to hold a fund-raiser to claw back some of the cash she lost.

There will be a raffle held down at the Robin Hood pub, in Burton Road, Overseal, this weekend, with the possibility of winning cake along with some other goodies people have donated, such as a sweetie tree and a guess Baby Oleg’s birthday competition – a character which features on the Compare the Market advert.

The idea first came about from a villager, who posted on Overseal’s Facebook group: ‘I’ve been thinking about the elderly lady who was conned out of money by a fraudster. How would people feel about a village ‘whip’ round to reimburse her? I’m sure as an OAP, she can’t afford to lose (that money).’

Since then, many villagers have come up with ideas and now a raffle will take place.

Tickets cost £1 a strip and will be available from the Robin Hood pub and the post office, in Lullington Road.

The woman was targeted when a man knocked on her door on Thursday, June 19, at around 3pm and told her she owed him £450 for roof repairs. She told him she only had a certain amount of money and he took that money and left.

It also emerged that the police have been conducting door to door enquiries after the incident, asking if they had received similar visits, and villagers are now warning each other to be extra vigilant.

The man has been described as 6ft 2ins tall, aged about 60, with grey hair, and stocky with a beer gut. Anyone with information is asked to call Leicestershire Police on 101.

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