Bogus builder fleeces vulnerable Wakefield pensioners

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POLICE have issued this E-fit of a bogus builder who fleeced an elderly couple in West Bretton near Wakefield.

The conman knocked on the couple’s door and said he needed to look at beams in their loft. He went upstairs and then returned with some wood chippings in his hand and said the beams were rotten.

The couple agreed a fee for him to do the work and handed the cash over and he left in a large white van - which may have been a Ford Transit - which was being driven by a second man.

Both suspects did not return to carry out the work and the money was not returned during the incident on Saturday March 16.

The suspect who entered the house was a 5ft 6in tall white man aged 30 to 35. He was stockily built and had very short dark brown hair and a round face with narrow eyes. He wore a dark blue boiler suit with the word ‘ROOFING’ in red lettering on the back.

He wore light coloured gloves, which were dirty and spoke with a local accent.

The second man was white.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Jordan Burrows, of Wakefield District CID, on 101.

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