Warn­ing as woman conned by work­man

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A PENSIONER has been conned out of hun­dreds of pounds by a man who promised to re­pair her house.

Po­lice were called by the dis­tressed vic­tim to the prop­erty in Let­tons Way, Di­nas Powys af­ter the “de­spi­ca­ble” act.

She told of­fi­cers a man in a white van had called at her home of­fer­ing to carry out work on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions in the past few months.

The woman had al­ways de­clined – but, on Wed­nes­day, the man ap­proached her again and she agreed he could re­pair her gut­ter­ing.

Af­ter she handed over £280, the man asked for a cup of tea. The vic­tim obliged, but when she re­turned, the man had van­ished with his tools, his van and the vic­tim’s money.

The man is de­scribed as short with thin­ning fair hair and miss­ing his front teeth. At the time of the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred at about 1.15pm, he was wear­ing a blue anorak. His van was plain white with a lad­der at­tached.

Deputy lo­cal polic­ing in­spec­tor, Sergeant Abi Bid­dle, said: “This was a de­spi­ca­ble act in which the vic­tim was tar­geted in her own home.

“The sus­pect has per­sisted to call at the woman’s ad­dress de­spite hav­ing been told on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions that she did not want work car­ried out.

“I want to re­mind the pub­lic to be on their guard and to be ex­tremely cau­tious about hand­ing over their money. I’d also ap­peal to peo­ple to look out for their neigh­bours, par­tic­u­larly older res­i­dents as they ap­pear to be more vul­ner­a­ble to these types of of­fend­ers.

“Le­git­i­mate traders won’t mind be­ing asked for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, nor will they mind wait­ing out­side while you check its au­then­tic­ity. They also won’t pres­sure cus­tomers to hand over cash, par­tic­u­larly be­fore any work has been car­ried out.

“Home­own­ers are well within their rights to ask these peo­ple to leave their prop­erty, and any­one who feels threat­ened or pres­sured should con­tact po­lice via 101, or 999 if an emer­gency, to re­port their con­cerns.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is urged to con­tact 101, or Crimestop­pers anony­mously, quot­ing ref­er­ence 1700012870.

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