Doreen’s les­son for con artists

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TRY to mess with South­port’s pen­sion­ers and you could face a world of trou­ble.

That’s ex­actly what Paul Frossell learnt when he tried to carry out cons worth thou­sands of pounds in the town.

Frossell was last week jailed for 12 months af­ter be­ing caught in a sting by a pair of South­port’s se­nior cit­i­zens. He had tried to con 98-year-old Doreen Rim­mer by telling her that her mo­bil­ity scooter was be­ing re­called and that she could buy an­other for £1,500.

Doreen wasn’t to be fooled though, and, with friend Ken Pike, 66, set up a trap that even­tu­ally saw Frossell put be­hind bars.

Ken pre­tended to be Doreen’s son-in-law and ar­ranged for Frossell to visit to sell an­other scooter, only to also call the po­lice to catch out his dodgy deal­ings.

While he waited for the po­lice, Ken kept Prossell busy, even tak­ing a test drive on the scooter, with his wife and Doreen watch­ing on and laugh­ing from a house across the road.

Frossell’s cons were vile, and they truly were the ac­tions of a coward. He thought a South­port woman in her nineties would be an easy tar­get, but he was proved to be very wrong and is now pay­ing the price.

Mensa mem­ber Doreen sadly died last year, but not be­fore she had ap­peared in court at Frossell’s orig­i­nal trial. She was de­scribed by her friend Ken as “old school” and “ready for bat­tle” and would no doubt take great plea­sure in see­ing him brought to jus­tice when his ap­peal failed last week.

Doreen may now be gone, but her fight­ing spirit is a les­son to us all and a sign to other crim­i­nals that South­port is no place to find an easy tar­get.

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