Portsmouth woman in her 60s loses cash to conman twice

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A CONMAN who stole cash from a woman in her 60s with learning difficulties is being hunted by police.

The vulnerable victim had just got off a bus in Goldsmith Avenue near Tesco Express when the man approached her in a small white van.

He claimed she owed him money for building work, and in her confusion she handed some money over and went home.

About five minutes after the victim had arrived at her home in Alverstone Road the same man knocked at her door and asked for more money.

He left shortly after 12.30pm on Tuesday.

It is not yet known how much money was stolen.

PC Nicola Cory said: ‘This incident happened in broad daylight in a residential area.

‘It is thankfully a rare occurrence but has caused the victim distress.’

The man is white, 5ft 2in, and thin. He wore a dark baseball cap, a blue, waist-length jacket and navy trousers with white stripes. Call PC Cory or special constable Heather Wensley on 101.