Warning after bogus workmen try to take money from 84-year-old woman in Fazeley

People are being warned to be on their guard after a bogus caller tried to collect money from an 84-year-old woman in Fazeley.

He visited a property on Deer Park Road at 1pm on Tuesday (September 15) claiming a tree needed to be taken down as it was causing problem with drains.

The man – who said he was from the council – entered the woman’s house and asked for £120 to carry out the work. A second man went into the woman’s garden and began moving plant pots around.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: “Fortunately, nothing was stolen but the lady’s house phone was damaged after the man used it, claiming he was calling the council.

“An investigation into the incident is now underway and we want to speak to anyone with information, or who saw anyone suspicious or vehicles in the area prior to the incident, particularly where men knock on the door and present tree care services business cards or leaflets.”

The main offender is described as white, 6ft 2in tall and was wearing a dark-coloured donkey jacket with a yellow sign on it, dark trousers, trainers, a woolly hat and heavy duty gloves. The second man is described as white, in his late teens/early 20s with dark hair and was wearing dark blue jeans and a navy cap. Both men had local accents.

They got out of a new-looking metallic brown estate car, which was being driven by a man wearing a white shirt with long, messy hair.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact DC Paul Whitehouse at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 332 of 15 September.

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