Bogus workmen con OAP out of her savings

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AN ELDERLY woman was conned out of her cash by doorstep workmen.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crime and issued descriptions of the con artists.

They also want to speak to anyone else who might have fallen prey to the same scam.

The 84-year-old answered a knock at the door of her home on Lodge Road, Atherton, at about 2pm on Wednesday this week.

A stranger claiming to be a workman told her she needed work on her gutters before a price was agreed.

When she showed him to the garden, two other men followed him and started to look at the gutters.

They asked for the money before the work was finished and said they were going to get supplies. She handed over the money but then thought better of it and demanded they return it.

But they refused and when she threatened to call police, they left.

One man is described as being white, in his late 30s, of medium build, around 5ft 4ins to 5ft 6ins tall, had short dark wavy hair and wore dark clothing.

The other two men were white and wore high-vis jackets.

All three spoke with Liverpool accents.

Det Con Lynsey Watson said: “The victim has been left deeply distressed by what has happened and cannot believe she has been targeted in such a way.

“I would firstly appeal to anyone who may have seen these men in the area at the time of the incident to call police.

“I would also ask those who believe they have also fallen victim to these men to report it to police so we can launch an investigation.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7255 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.