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Police e-fit appeal after gardening con

An e-fit of a man police want to talk to about a suspected fraud in Gomersal.

An e-fit of a man police want to talk to about a suspected fraud in Gomersal.

A conman who tricked a woman into handing over cash for gardening is being hunted by police.

The Spen Neighbourhood Police Team has just issued an e-fit of the man they want to speak to about the incident which happened in Roberson Terrace in Gomersal, on January 14,

They say the man approached the woman saying he worked for a garden centre, and asked if she would like to buy plants or wanted any gardening work doing.

The 66-year-old victim agreed for him to carry out some work to her fencing. She gave him a cash deposit and arranged for him to carry out the work on January 23.

However he failed to appear and subsequent enquires established he did not work for the garden centre he claimed to be from.

PC Nick O’Melia said: “We are continuing enquiries into this offence and I would remind residents that they are under no obligation to ever agree to work proposed by a cold caller or let them into their homes.

“All callers who claim to be from organisations should carry ID and should be happy for you to contact someone to confirm their identity.

“I would ask anyone who recognises the man pictured to contact myself at the Spen Valley NPT on 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

 

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