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5 February 2010, 06:00
Police think a man who conned a pensioner out of £30,000, could be hiding in Bournemouth or Christchurch.
Police from Hampshire Constabulary have released the name and a picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with deception offences in Park Gate, near Fareham.
Over a long period of time, David Robert Cooper, 39, is suspected of defrauding a 70-year-old man from Park Gate out of several thousand pounds of his savings.
Detective Constable Gemma Hunter said: “We are releasing Cooper’s name and photograph because we are extremely keen to track him down and speak to him about his involvement in this extensive deception.
“We believe Cooper has befriended his victim over a period of years and has subsequently persuaded him to give Cooper somewhere in the region of £30,000 of his life savings.
“The victim of this deception is a vulnerable, elderly gentleman and this is a particularly despicable crime, where the perpetrator has convinced him to hand over very large sums of money.
“We believe that Cooper is currently in the Christchurch or Bournemouth areas and we would ask that anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts to get in touch as soon as possible.”