Bogus workman cons 87-year-old woman in Barton-under-Needwood out of £60

An 87-year-old woman has been conned out of £60 by a bogus caller in Barton-under-Needwood.

A man knocked on her door at about 1pm last Saturday (May 7) to say he could replace ridge tiles – which he claimed were loose – for £100.

The victim said she did not want the work carried out, but he returned between 10am and 11am on Tuesday, saying the tiles were dangerous. A second man joined the offender and walked away after talking about providing an estimate. The first man returned claiming to have carried out repairs and demanding cash payment.

The woman handed over £60 and the man then got into a small, black, panel van, driven by another man, and the pair left.

DS Kiley Round of Staffordshire Police said: “Residents need to be on their guard against bogus workmen and other such people calling on them without prior arrangement.

“They should always ask for proof of identity and, if necessary, phone their place of work to double check before letting them in.”

The first offender is described as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5ft 8ins tall, clean shaven, with a fair complexion and light-coloured, average length hair. He was described as being casually dressed and wearing a high-visibility vest with three letters on the left breast but no sleeves.

The second man was also described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, of about the same age, with dark hair and possibly stubble. He wore dark clothing and was said to have distinctive eyes.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting reference 399 of May 10. Alternatively, callers can contact the crime fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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