Victim, 74, hands over £200 to conman in Portsmouth distraction burglary

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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POLICE are hunting a conman who targeted an elderly man in a distraction burglary in Portsmouth.

The 74-year-old victim was at his home in Highgate Road, Copnor, when there was a knock at the door.

He answered it and was confronted by a man who claimed he was owed money for the recently-repaired roof at his property.

After a discussion over how much money the victim had at home, he told the offender he would go inside to get the money.

Police say the victim then became aware that the man had followed him up the stairs.

The victim handed over £200 and ushered him out.

The offender then left the house, walking down Seafield Road towards Copnor Road at about 2.15pm last Wednesday.

Once he had left, the victim realised that he had already paid for the roof repairs and had nothing left to pay.

Detective Constable James Garrett, who is investigating the crime, said: ‘The offender has deliberately targeted the victim because of his age and vulnerability.

‘We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen this offender in the Copnor area around 2pm on Wednesday afternoon.

‘We also want to speak to anyone who thinks they may have been victim of this type of crime before and has not yet reported it to the police.’

The man police want to speak to is described as:

· White

· Aged in his late 30s

· About 5ft 6ins

· Stocky

· Short or shaved hair

· Wearing a black cap, black jacket and trousers and boots

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Garrett at Fratton CID on 101.

You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.