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Bogus workmen demanded £2,000 from woman, 86, for gutter repairs

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Police are trying to find two bogus workmen who tried to con £2,000 out of an elderly woman for repairs she didn’t need.

The pair called at the 86-year-old woman’s home in Scatcherd Lane, Morley, at about 11.30am on Wednesday, March 26.

They claimed her guttering needed repairing and asked for £2,000 and asked if she had money at home or whether she could get it from the bank.

But they left empty-handed when they were disturbed by a visitor.

Both were white. One was aged 45 to 50 and about 5ft 4ins tall. He was wearing a dark blue jacket and a dark blue or black woolly hat.

The other was aged 28 to 35, with short mid-brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue jumper and dark blue trousers with a pocket on the leg.

Detective Inspector David Roberts, of Leeds District CID, said: “Thankfully the men were disturbed and left empty handed but they were clearly targeting this vulnerable victim to trick her out of money. We urgently need to identify them to prevent them trying the same with others.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw the men in the area or who has any information that could assist us in tracing them.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Emma Kelly at Holbeck Police Station on 0113 241 4715 or via 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

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