Conman forced 85-year-old man in St James, Northampton, to hand over cash for fake roof repairs

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An 85-year-old man was tricked out of money by a conman who approached him in a street in Northampton claiming he had carried out work on his roof.

The fraudster told the pensioner that he owed him money for the work.

A police spokesman said: “The victim handed over a small amount of cash at which point the man he paid asked if he could show a friend the work he had done. The victim said no and continued on his way home.

“The man who had claimed to do the roofing work and another man then followed the victim to his home in Spencer Bridge Road and followed him into his house.

“However, upon seeing a member of the victim’s family in the house, they left.

“The first offender was a white man, 28 to 30, 5ft 7ins, fair haired and of slim build. The second man was also white, 20, 6ft and of slim build. He had fair hair and wore a baseball cap. Both men were wearing green tops with yellow lettering on the left side,” he added.

The incident happened on Monday June 30. Police released the information on Monday July 28.

“Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have any information regarding it,” he said.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“People are reminded to only pay for work they have asked to be completed and to call police if someone demands payment for services they have not requested,” the spokesman added.