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Efit released of man suspected of conning Leigh couple
POLICE have released an efit of a man suspected of conning a retired couple.
A man knocked at a house in Grasmead Avenue, Leigh, at 11.30am and offered to repair their front door.
Despite the door not being broken, the male homeowner handed over £60.
The female owner then returned home and spoke to the man who asked for a further £160. At this point, the woman asked him for identification. He then ran off with the £60 he already had towards Glenbervie Drive, stating that he would be back later. He did not return.
Investigating Officer, Dc Iain White, said: "We would urge people to take a good look at this efit. There is a strong likelihood that he lives locally so we’re hoping that the man’s partner or family member will contact us. We really want to arrest this man so are urging anyone who saw or knows him, helped with the description provided, in Leigh or the surrounding area, on Wednesday to contact us.”
The thief in the efit is described as white, in his late 40s, approximately 5ft 3ins tall and of medium build. He had been sporting stubble and spoke with a London accent. At the time, he was wearing a grey-striped baseball cap which had an unusually large peak, a dark-grey V-neck woollen jumper and black trousers.
Anyone with information in connection with this fraud, which happened on Wednesday, September 5, is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101.
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