68 year old man conned out of £1.7K for non-existent building repairs

Police are hunting two men who conned a 68-year-old man out of £1700 for non-existent building repairs.

At around 11am on Monday 11th May 2015, two workmen approached the victim’s house on Arthur Street, Eccles, and knocked on his door.

They told the victim that they had undertaken repairs on his neighbour’s house and as a result, he asked them to take a look at his roof.

Having pretended to examine his roof more closely, the pair told the victim that it would cost him £1700 to repair.

They encouraged him to pay them up front, but once he had handed over the money they left and never returned to complete any of the work promised.

The first offender is described as white, around 35 years old, around 5ft 6in to 5ft 8in tall, of stocky build and short, dark, receding hair. He had a Salford accent and was wearing a blue jumper with ‘roofing contractors’ on the front in white lettering.

The second offender is described as white, in his early 20s, around 5ft 8in tall and of slim build, with medium-length dark hair. He also was wearing a blue jumper with ‘roofing contractors’ on the front in white lettering.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jill Gorse said: “This is a despicable crime, which has left an elderly man seriously out of pocket and with a broken roof still to repair.

“I would urge anyone who has seen these men in the area to contact police as soon as possible, as it is highly likely they will try to con others in a similar fashion.

“Fortunately, this case has brought the best out of his local community, who have rallied to assist the victim in the form of a collection, while a local builder, PTB Contractors, has also been in contact to see if he can assist with the building repairs.

“It is stories like this that restore some faith in humanity, particularly when vulnerable people have been targeted by low-lives looking for a quick buck.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5228 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.