Woman, 96, conned by workmen

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


A 96-YEAR-OLD was the victim of conmen offering gardening work.

The woman was approached at her home in Wootton Bridge last Thursday and agreed to pay the men, who then left without doing any of the work, according to police.

She handed over £100, police said.

The first suspect is described as white, aged between 18 and 25, 6ft tall, of slim build and was wearing a yellow, high-visibility jacket.

The second man is described as white, aged between 30 and 40, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with dark brown hair and was wearing a red jumper and a fawn-coloured sleeveless puffer jacket. He spoke with an Irish accent.

Investigating officer PC Warren Cummings said: "We are interested in hearing from any members of the public who might have been approached in a similar way by anyone matching those descriptions. Maybe you received a flyer offering garden maintenance?

"While this is a rare occurrence, if you do have any concerns about suspicious people posing as cold callers, contact police on 101 or the local trading standards office at Newport, who can give advice."

Anyone with information can contact PC Cummings at Ryde Police Station by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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