Victim makes donation after officers reunite her with cash

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A victim of a scam has made a donation to a fund which supports retired police officers in need after being reunited with the money that she lost.

The 81-year-old woman, who lives in Southport, made the £50 donation when police officers returned £1,300 to her after she was scammed out of the money in September last year.

A man had called at her house on 24 September offering to undertake tree work and she paid in cash for the work upfront. Fifteen minutes later she realised that he had left her house after cutting down one small tree in her back garden.

The incident was reported to the police who traced the 69-year-old offender. He received a conditional caution with the agreement that he would repay the money to the victim.

PC Ian Fisher said: “We were delighted to be able to reunite the victim with her money. She thought she would never see the cash again so she was very pleased when we gave it back to her.

“We are committed to preventing this sort of trading and associated crime. I would advise residents to never agree to have any work done as a result of a cold call. Only pay once work is completed to your satisfaction and check the identity of all callers to your home.”

The North West Police benevolent fund supports retired police officers in the North West, along with their dependents, who are in a condition of need and hardship or distress.