York & North Yorkshire

Bogus repair man targeted elderly in Selby

A 78-year-old woman was among a number of residents in a North Yorkshire town targeted by a cold caller telling her repair work was needed on her home.

Police said the elderly woman was told the repairs were needed on her property on Ouse Bank in Selby by a man who left with cash before carrying out any work.

Shortly after, a resident on Elm Street was approached by the man who claimed to have previously helped the occupant.

When he was challenged, he left with an accomplice in a silver Daewoo car.

North Yorkshire Police said the man had called at several addresses both on Ouse Bank and at Elm Street.

The man was described as white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, stocky and had short dark hair. He was wearing a black jacket and trousers.

PC Sarah Ward of North Yorkshire Police said: "This type of crime, where criminals prey on vulnerable members of our communities, is utterly despicable.

"If there are still people who were cold called by this man and have not yet come forward I ask them to contact me as soon as possible as I need to speak to them.

"I also want to speak to anyone who can identify the man who stole the money from the woman on Ouse Bank or the man that stayed near the silver Daewoo."

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