Conman targets the elderly

Police have released this e-fit image.
Police have released this e-fit image.

Police have released an efit of an Irish conman who targetted four elderly Spen residents this week.

The first incident happened around 4.15pm on Monday when a 93-year-old man had £500 stolen by a man who called at his home in Leeds Old Road, Heckmondwike. The money was stolen as the victim was distracted.

The following day at 10am, an elderly victim received a visit from a man in Valley Road, Liversedge, asking to inspect the premises for damage. The bogus workman told him that £12,000 of work was required, but he was asked for identification and left.

Less than five hours later, a man called on elderly residents in Thomas Street, Liversedge, suggesting work had been completed on a roof and that payment was required.

However he left the address empty handed.

Later in the afternoon, an 86-year-old man in Westfield Way, Heckmondwike, received a call from a man pretending 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 white, in his 40s or 50s, around 5ft 7in tall and had an Irish accent. Call Sgt Mark Gregory on 101 with information.