Con­men gang at­tack el­derly man on doorstep

Stockport Express - - Front Page - RE­BECCA DAY Stock­por­t­ex­[email protected]­media.co.uk @Stock­portNews

AN el­derly man was at­tacked and threat­ened with a screw­driver af­ter he was lured out his home by a bo­gus caller.

The fraud­ster called at the vic­tim’s Stock­port home on Satur­day, Jan­uary 5 claim­ing he was from a tree-felling com­pany.

He told the man, who is in his late 70s, that he had been called to the ad­dress to chop down his trees.

When the vic­tim ques­tioned the con­man, he was ush­ered out­side.

When the vic­tim ar­rived back at his front door, on Dean Moor Road in Hazel Grove, he found four men had smashed into his home, po­lice said.

The gang threat­ened him with a screw­driver and as­saulted him, be­fore steal­ing his wal­let - which was full of cash - and jew­ellery.

The men then left the scene in a red car fol­low­ing the rob­bery, which hap­pened at about 5.20pm.

Po­lice said the vic­tim suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, but has been left ‘trau­ma­tised’ by the at­tack.

Of­fi­cers are warn­ing oth­ers of the ‘cow­ardly’ and ‘cyn­i­cal’ scam.

Det Con Michael Dever, of Greater Manch­ester Po­lice’s Stock­port Divi­sion, said: “This is a cow­ardly and cyn­i­cal rob­bery. These of­fend­ers have de­lib­er­ately tar­geted some­one whom they knew to be a vul­ner­a­ble mem­ber of our com­mu­nity.

“The of­fend­ers’ mode of op­er­a­tion in this case is dis­tinc­tive, and it’s pos­si­ble they may have tried to tar­get oth­ers in the area with the same ploy.

“Have you seen or heard of oth­ers in the area re­ceiv­ing un­so­licited ap­proaches by peo­ple claim­ing to be from a treefelling com­pany?

“Per­haps you saw the car in the area at the time of the of­fence, or you have in­for­ma­tion that you think can as­sist our en­quiries.

“If so, please con­tact us im­me­di­ately. Even the small­est piece of in­for­ma­tion is of­ten enough to solve crimes like this.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 0161 856 9770, quot­ing in­ci­dent 1462 of Jan­uary 5.

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