Detectives hunt man in connection with doorstep frauds

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DETECTIVES want to speak to this man following a spate of “despicable” crimes in which doorstep fraudsters preyed on elderly women.

Officers are examining several offences - all committed between last October and December - in which two men with a small white van approached pensioners offering to carry out work on their homes.

The pair then tried to charge two St Helens pensioners up to £1,900 in advance so they could buy materials and even drove victims to the bank to withdraw quantities of cash.

After returning the victims to their homes and pocketing the cash, the heartless crooks disappeared into thin air without completing any work.

In the first offence, on Lorton Avenue, Moss Bank, on October 5, crooks targeted the home of a 92-year-old woman at about 12.20pm.

Detectives are linking this to a similar incident at about 2pm on October 28 in which fraudsters targeted the home of an 82-year-old woman, who lives along Church Road in Haydock.

Two other offences, which targeted a pair of 75-year-old women in Southport, are also believed to have been committed by the same duo.

DC Neil Dillon said: “We believe all of these offences are linked to the same offenders.

n Witnesses can call St Helens CID on 0151 777 3055.