Community rallies round con victim

Pat Byrne, from Beech Hill, in her garden with Dave Blackburn, of DB Garden Services and Coun Phyll Cullen
Pat Byrne, from Beech Hill, in her garden with Dave Blackburn, of DB Garden Services and Coun Phyll Cullen

A WIGAN pensioner who was the victim of a rogue workman has thanked the community that helped her bounce back form the ordeal.

Theresa Byrne of Ascroft Avenue, Beech Hill, has now had her garden tidied up after being conned out of £80 for work that was never carried out.

It was good Samaritan David Blackburn, of DB Gardening Services in Billinge, who has completed the work for free after reading the story of Theresa’s plight in the Wigan Evening Post.

Earlier this month the 73-year-old was escorted to a cash point by the con man who said he would cut her hedges and tidy up her garden, but he took the money and never returned.

Theresa, who is known to friends as Pat, says she is really pleased with her new look garden and wants to thank everybody who helped her over the past few weeks.

She said: “Thanks to David my garden is tidier and well on the way to being nice for the summer and everybody who has helped me since has been brilliant. The Police, the council, Coun Phyll Cullen, all of them have been so good to me.

“I didn’t really think at the time, and I’m upset with myself for doing it. It is just so easy to go along with it. I would not answer the door to people I don’t know again, and I hope nobody else does.”

Wigan and Leigh Housing has removed two old sofas from Theresa’s garden, and the Victim Support team has also installed a new key chain on her door following the incident.

Coun Cullen, said: “It is a marvellous gesture by David to take time out to come and do the work for Theresa.

“I just hope that everybody else is on their guard and does not accept offers from anybody canvassing about anything on their doorstep.

“Unfortunately in this case alarm bells should have been ringing when he offered to take her to a cash point and we should all look out for our neighbours, especially elderly ones.”

The conman remains at large. Anyone with details is asked to ring 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55511.