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96-YEAR-OLD TARGETED BY COLD CALLERS

policetapePolice are this week appealing for information after an elderly Island woman was targeted by a cold callers offering gardening work.

The 96-year-old victim was approached at her home, near Wootton Bridge, during the daytime on last Thursday (9th January) and agreed to pay the men. They took the money, some £100, and then left without doing any of the work.

The first suspect is described as a white male, aged between 18 to 25 years old, about 6ft tall and of slim build. He was wearing a yellow hi-vis jacket.

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The second suspect is described as a white man, aged between 30 to 40 years old and about 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with dark brown hair. He was wearing a red jumper and fawn coloured sleeveless puffer jacket and spoke with an irish accent.

Investigating Officer, PC Warren Cummings said:

” We are interested from hearing from any members of the public who might have been approached in a similar way by anyone matching those descriptions. Maybe you received a flyer offering garden maintenance?

Whilst this is a rare occurrence, if you do have any concerns about suspicious people posing as cold callers please contact police on 101 or the local Trading Standards office at Newport, who can give advice.”

Anyone with information can contact PC Cummings at Ryde Police Station by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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