Conman is told: You’re disgusting

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A conman who ripped off a disabled St Helens pensioner has been branded “disgusting” by the victim’s son.

Police say a bogus trader targeted the home of a 91-year-old great-grandmother, who lives alone, at about 1pm on Friday, June 13. The conman claimed several tiles on the roof of her bungalow needed fixing and charged her £170 for the privilege – before doing little more than mixing a bit of cement.

The victim’s son, 68, said: “Not only is my mum 91 years old, she’s also disabled. She had an accident six years ago in which her leg got infected and now struggles to walk.

“She was expecting a delivery from the chemist at the time so struggled to the door. The man claimed to be my partner’s brother to gain her confidence and then mixed a bit of cement before saying the job was done.

“It’s disgusting. I don’t know how anyone could do that. It’s not the money that my mum was upset about – it’s that she was targeted because of her age and deceived.”

Police say the bogus trader - described as a white man in his 50s - scarpered after the victim, of Bosworth Road, near Chain Lane, asked for a receipt.

No work whatsoever was completed on the roof.

The offender is described as approximately 5ft 8ins tall and of a slim build. He had a white beard and white, greyish hair.

He is believed to have been wearing a black top, black trousers, a hi-visibility jacket and was carrying a bucket.

Police have since carried out house-to-house inquiries in the area and CCTV is being located and reviewed.

DC Victoria Grant, of St Helens CID, said: “It’s hard to believe anyone would stoop so low as to steal money from a 91-year-old woman and we are doing everything we can to arrest the coward responsible.

“The victim has given us a very clear description of the man who called at her home and I would appeal to anyone who recognises anything to get in touch.

“Offenders like this think nothing of deliberately targeting elderly people in their own homes and often appear entirely plausible.

“If you think you may have been targeted by this offender or you have suffered any type of bogus official or distraction burglary, I would urge you to call the police.

“I would also appeal for people to keep an eye on any elderly and vulnerable neighbours”

Anyone with information can call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6811 or the police non-emergency 101 number. Alternatively, reports can also be made to Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.