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Woman, 89, the latest victim of rogue doorstep callers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

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AN 89-year-old woman was fleeced out of hundreds of pounds by two crooks posing as handymen.

The elderly victim was targeted by the men, who police believe may be grandfather and grandson, who said guttering needed to be repaired at her home in Hawthorn Crescent, Stapenhill, and offered to carry out the work for her.

The unwitting woman then handed over the £800 they said would be needed to cover the work - but the crooked pair were not seen again.

It comes after the Mail reported an almost identical incident last week when an 87-year-old woman from Overseal was conned out of cash.

Following the latest swindle, homeowners are being warned not to hand over any cash to doorstep callers before any work has been completed.

Police have also warned people to be wary that vulnerable relatives may be a target.

Officers are hunting for a red van that the men were driving and have called on anyone with information to come forward.

The money was taken on June 23 but has only just been reported, Burton Police said.

Inspector Tyrone Kerr told the Mail: “The two males are driving a red van, they are white, one is a younger male and the other older, possibly grandson and grandfather.

“They convinced an elderly occupant to give them £800 in relation to guttering work that wasn’t completed.

“We would urge people to be aware of the individuals in the van.”

Four days earlier, the woman from Overseal was targeted by a man who knocked on her door and told her she owed him £450 for roof repairs.

She said she only had a certain amount of money, which he took.

Police visited homeowners in the area in the days that followed in a bid to tackle the issue.

Insp Kerr said more vulnerable people were at risk of being ‘fleeced’ if the men were not caught.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious or knows the whereabouts of these men we would ask them to contact us by calling 101,” he said.

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