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Bogus Caller in Selby


5:14pm 20th January 2011

Police in Selby are asking for the public’s help to identify a bogus workman who called at addresses in the town.

The first of the incident reported to the police occurred at 2.15pm on Wednesday 19th January on Ouse Bank when a man called at a 78 year old woman’s house and offered to carry out some repair work on her property. The woman paid him before he carried out the agreed job and the man then left without carrying out any work.

The second incident occurred a few minutes later on Elm Street when the man called at a house claiming that repair work was needed on the property. He further claimed to have carried out repair work for the elderly woman on a previous occasion, although he had not done so. When he was challenged the man left in a silver Daewoo, with a second man, heading towards Barlby.

Following enquiries by police officers and Police Community Support Officers carried out today (Thursday 20th January) it is now clear that the man called at a number of other addresses on both Ouse Bank and Elm Street.

He is described as being white, around 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall with a stocky build and having short dark hair. At the time he was wearing a black jacket and trousers.

The second man, who stayed with the car, is described as bring white, around 6ft tall with blond spiky hair.

Police Constable Sarah Ward, of the Selby Response Team, said:

“This type of crime, where criminals prey on vulnerable members of our communities, is utterly despicable.

“If there are still people who were cold called by this man and have not yet come forward I ask them to contact me as soon as possible as I need to speak to them.

“I also want to speak to anyone who can identify the man who stole the money from the woman on Ouse Bank or the man that stayed near the silver Daewoo.

"Can I remind homeowners that they should not pay for any work until they are happy with the standard of the completed work."

Anyone who can assist with this enquiry is asked to contact PC Sara Ward on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110009925. Or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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