Appeal After Selby Odd-Job man Targeted Pensioner
6:46am 16th September 2014
(Updated 11:31am 16th September 2014)
Selby police are appealing for information after an odd job man targeted a vulnerable, 71-year-old woman in Bright Walk. Between 10am and 11am on Tuesday 9 September 2014, the man called at her property asking if she needed any work doing. He was given £40 to fix a fence and went off to buy the materials he needed.
He returned the following day without the materials and asked for a further £40, which he was given. He then returned the day after that, again without the materials and walked into the woman’s home uninvited. Thankfully, a friend of the victim became suspicious and sent him away.
The man is described as white, aged around 22, around 5ft 10in tall and of thin build. He had long, straight, greasy, black hair and was riding a small, red BMX type bike. He was wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans, had a scruffy appearance and spoke with a local accent.
Police are appealing to anyone who can help identify the man and to anyone who may have also been targeted by him, to contact them. They are also warning residents to be on their guard and to be very wary of any cold callers who come to their door. If you live in a No Cold Calling Zone, anyone who calls may be committing an offence.
PC Nicola Gill of Selby Priority Crime Team, said: “I urge local residents to please be on your guard against cold callers. If you are in any doubt about who is at your door, please do not answer it. “If you need any jobs doing on your property, always contact a reputable tradesperson or local handyman service. If you are unsure, ask friends, neighbours or relatives to help you identify a suitable person to do the work.”
Anyone who has been targeted recently or has any information which can help identify the suspect is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Nicola Gill or email Nicola.email@example.com If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference 12140157810 when passing on information.
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