Bogus policeman tricks pensioner

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Hastings police are warning residents about a man who posed as a police officer and deceived a pensioner after conning his way inside the home.

Last Wednesday (January 28) at 11am a man who pretended to be a plain clothed police officer called at the address of an 86-year-old man in Mildenhall Drive, St Leonards.

The ‘officer’ asked the man if he had any cash in the house as he suspected that it could be counterfeit as the post office had allegedly issued some in error. The ‘officer’ said that he would search the pensioner’s home to check any money he had there. The pensioner handed the ‘officer’ £200, the ‘officer’ took the money and said that he would take it away to check it. He never returned.

The bogus police officer is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, in his late 20s, of slim build, with short cropped brown coloured hair. He wore blue suit style trousers paired with a grey v-neck jumper.

Detective Sergeant Tony Webb, of Hastings and Rother CID said: “The man who pretended to be a police officer assumed the role of someone in a position of trust and abused pensioner’s good nature. Please tell your friends and family members about this incident as I’d like as many people to be aware of what happened.

“I’m also keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time who may have seen the man matching the description. Also if you live in the area and had a call at your door,

“I’d be interested to hear from you too. You can call on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 480 of 28/1.”