Couple Conned By Workmen

Police are appealing for information after an elderly couple were duped conmen posing as workmen in Portsmouth.

The pair arrived at the house on Larkhill Road, Hilsea, at around 9am Tuesday (December 7). They persuaded the couple, who are in their 80s, that they needed work doing on the house.

The couple handed over £600 and the men left saying they were going to buy some tools but never returned.

The men were last seen heading towards Copnor Road. They are described as:

Both had jet black hair and clean shaven
Aged in late 20s, early 30s
Average height and build
Speaking with local accents
Wearing smart, dark clothing (not suits)

DC Chris Dinenage from Portsmouth CID said:

“This type of crime is sickening as the offenders have targeted a trusting elderly couple and exploited them for £600 just before Christmas.

“I urge anyone with information about these males to come forward so they can be brought to justice.

“Please be very weary of builders who go door to door and don't allow them to do any work on your property until you have thoroughly checked their references first.

“The golden rule is to not hand over any money under any circumstances until the work is complete.

“If you have elderly friends or neighbours then please look out for them and that way we can prevent anyone else falling victim at this special time of the year.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Dinenage at Fratton police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.