Conman targets elderly residents

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POLICE in Droitwich Spa are warning elderly residents of a conman targeting homes in the town.

They have received a number of reports of a man visiting addresses in Worcester Road, Lyttleton Road and Corbett Avenue asking to borrow money.

He called at homes between 5 and 7pm on Friday, February 1 and used various stories to try and get money from the occupier.

The main story he used was in relation to his vehicle having broken down and needing money for a taxi. Some occupiers did part with cash.

Police have warned that the male is very convincing with his stories and that nearly all victims were elderly and vulnerable.

On some occasions, he has been invited into the addresses but nothing was stolen.

He is described as white, 6ft - 6ft 2in, well built, aged around 35 - 40 and was wearing a dark shirt and dark trousers. He appears to be well spoken but may carry a slight Black Country accent and has short dark hair and a 'boyish' face.

Barry Morton, from West Mercia Police, said: “The man is very convincing and persuasive and seems to be targeting the elderly in our community. We have concerns that he could also be checking out properties see whether they are worth targeting for more serious crimes.

"We would like to hear from anyone who has had this person call at their home, especially if they have handed over money.

"Can friends, neighbours and family of any elderly people who live in Droitwich please make sure they are aware of our appeal and that they do not let anyone take advantage of their kindness."

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