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Police release e-fit of conman
3:07pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
Police have issued an e-fit of a man who conned elderly people out of hundreds of pounds by pretending to be a council officer.
The man is responsible for a spate of robberies and attempted frauds across Kirklees.
At 4.15pm on September 23 a 93-year-old man was subject to a distraction-style burglary on Leeds Old Road in Heckmondwike in which £500 was stolen.
The next day at 10am an elderly victim on Valley Road in Liversedge was visited by a man who asked to inspect the premises for damage. The victim was told that £12,000 of work was required, but left the house when he was asked for identification.
At 2.45pm the same day, a man attended an address of elderly residents on Thomas Street, also in Liversedge, suggesting work had been completed on a roof and that payment was required. After being quizzed by the residents he left the address empty handed.
At around 4pm an 86-year-old man on Westfield Way, Heckmondwike, was visited by a man claiming to be a Council official. The victim later noticed his wallet and a cash tin had been taken, containing a total of £240.
In the majority of the cases, the suspect was described as white, in his 40s or 50s, around 5’7" tall and with an Irish accent.
Any witnesses to these incidents or anyone with information have been asked to contact Sergeant Mark Gregory at Dewsbury CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.