Images released of men wanted over fence fraud

Images have today been released of two men sought by police in connection with an act of fraud in Castleford.

Wednesday, 16th August 2017, 6:57 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:41 pm

Police are investigating a report of a man approaching a vulnerable elderly resident at an address in Carlyle Crescent at about 9am on July 18, and telling the victim that she owed him money for work involving a fence in her garden.

The man entered the property and the victim handed over the cash.

A few days later a younger man posted the majority of the money through the victim’s letter box with a note which stated that the work could no longer be carried out.

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Detective Constable Nick Horn, of Wakefield CID, said: “We are carrying out enquiries into this incident and would like to speak to both of the men pictured in connection with it.

“There was legitimate building work ongoing on a fence on a neighbouring property at the time this fraud took place and it is possible suspects may have used this to take advantage of and confuse the victim.

“I think many residents will be unsettled that fraudsters would be prepared to target a vulnerable victim in this way and I would ask anyone who has information to contact myself on 101 referencing crime number 13170329983.

“Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”