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A 89-YEAR-OLD man was burgled of hundreds of pounds by a man who claimed to be a builder.

Detectives want information on the con artist who gained entry to the elderly man’s home by saying he was a builder.

The vulnerable victim was in Winter Road, at around 1.30pm on Tuesday, when he was approached by the suspect.

After a short conversation, the 89-year-old returned to his home nearby.

The same man called at the home address at around 2pm on the same day. The caller claimed that the man owed him money for work on his house. Several hundred pounds in cash was then handed over inside the house.

After the suspect had left, the victim noticed an envelope containing a further £1,100 was missing.

Detectives also believe the same man, posed as a builder to deceive other residents on the same day.

The suspect was white, about 5ft 11in tall, stocky with short dark hair.

Portsmouth CID is warning residents to be aware of con men operating in the area.

Anyone with information should contact CID at Fratton police station by phoning 101.