Police appeal after bogus workman cons elderly lady in Blackburn

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Police are appealing for information after a man conned an elderly woman out of more than a hundred pounds.

At around 10:45am on Thursday 13th February, a man, claiming to be from the Water Board, conned his way into the home of a 72-year-old woman on Cicely Court in Blackburn.

He told the woman that she was in arrears with her bill and that he needed to come inside to check the water meter. Once inside, the man told the lady that she was in arrears but that if she gave him some money he would not turn off the water. She gave him just over £100 and he left the house.

The man is described as white, very tall, of slim build and aged in his 30’s. He had very dark, almost black hair which was combed back and stubble on his face. He was wearing a high vis waist coat and had two earrings in his right ear.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the man in the area on Thursday to come forward. They are also keen to speak to anyone else who may have had a visit from anyone matching this description at their home.

PC Stuart Smith said: “This man is a callous thief who has deliberately preyed on an elderly lady and we are doing all we can to find him. If anyone has any information at all that they think could help then I would urge them to contact police as soon as possible.”

Police are advising residents to be extra vigilant and to check ID before allowing a caller into their home. If in doubt – call the police.

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police by calling 101 quoting log number LC-20140213-1339 or alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.