Bogus workers con Brightons pensioner out of cash

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An elderly resident is now counting the cost after falling victim to rogue workmen.

A 77-year-old man from Brightons lost a considerable sum of cash when the con artists arrived at his home last month and a 75-year-old woman almost fell for the same ruse.

The first incident happened at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17 in Woodside Gardens, Brightons, when a man offered to carry out roofing work but failed to return the following morning.

On Tuesday, October 23, two more men turned up at the same house to carry out the work, but also highlighted other supposed faults. The elderly housholder paid a three-figure sum to the men to carry out the repairs, but they never returned.

On Thursday, October 18, at a house in Comyn Drive, Wallacestone, a man offered to carry out repairs on the roof and, again, failed to turn up the next day. Then on Friday, October 19, a further two men turned up at the house - again pointing out alleged faults.

On this occasion, however, the resident became suspicious and asked the men to leave.

Police believe the same three men were involved in both incidents and are described as:

nBetween 40 and 50, 6ft tall, heavy build with a local accent

nBetween 40 and 50, 6ft tall, medium build with a rugged complexion

nBetween 18 and 20, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10install, short light brown hair with local accent

All three men were wearing dark work clothes.

If you know these men or have information regarding these incidents call police on (01786) 456000.