Hunt for gang trying to con elderly people out of money

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A GANG of men are trying to con elderly people into paying money for unnecessary building work, say police.

An information appeal has been put out by Hampshire Constabulary, which is investigating a series of reports linked to suspicious builders in Portsmouth.

Men offering to carry out work on roofs and chimneys have approached elderly residents asking for payment in advance.

They claim work has been organised through insurance companies, relatives or neighbours.

OAPs, aged 75 and over, have been targeted at addresses in Stanley Avenue, Dover Road, North End Avenue, Vernon Road, Aylesbury Road and Highbury Grove in Portsmouth during August.

The suspects are described as a white men, in their 30s or 40s, of stocky build, and dressed in smart casual clothes.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Griff Barnes, of Portsmouth CID, said: ‘We’re looking for information to help identify a group of men accused of targeting elderly residents in Portsmouth to obtain cash from them for building work that is not needed.

‘Fortunately most residents so far have suspected the approaches were not genuine, and the men left empty-handed.

‘However, we’re warning residents that these men may continue to target our community, in particular our elderly residents, whom they see as an easy target.’

Anyone with information should call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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