92-year-old targeted by conman in city

Police are hunting a conman who targeted a 92-year-old man
Police are hunting a conman who targeted a 92-year-old man

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A CONMAN targeted a 92-year-old man in Portsmouth.

The pensioner was called on at his home in Copnor at 10.30am on Tuesday by a man claiming to be from a roof repair company.

The caller told the homeowner that he was entitled to a grant for repairs to his roof and apparently took pictures on a laptop of the roof space.

The conman said that £2,700-worth of work was required and that the money was needed upfront.

When the homeowner said he did not have that amount of money in the house a £100 cash deposit was taken.

The conman said he would return but has not done so. He was white, 5ft 3in tall, stocky, in his 40s and clean-shaven with short, light-brown hair.

Detective Constable David Higgins said: ‘The homeowner may have been targeted specifically because of his age.

‘We would appeal to anyone who has had a similar caller to their door or lives locally and may have seen the offender to contact us.’

Anyone with information should contact Fratton police station on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.