Police warn of a suspicious man asking for money in St Leonards


Police are urging residents to be aware of a potential scam in St Leonards in which a man knocks on doors and claims not to have any money.

On Tuesday evening (May 12) a man visited homes in Clinton Crescent and Springfield Road in the town and asked the householders for cash.

The man said that he was penniless and needed to get to London as he was due to appear in court.

One of the residents handed over money but the second refused.

The man had a dark or swarthy complexion, was about 35 and had neatly cropped black hair. He was wearing a short dark jacket.

PCSO Andy Hubbard, from Hastings neighbourhood policing team, said: “The first householder gave the man some money as they felt sorry for him. However, on reflection, they were not sure if the man was genuine.

“My advice would be not to give money to anyone who calls at your home or stops you in the street. They may appear genuine and yet not be.

“There was a similar case of this last year in the same area whereby a man was calling at people’s doors asking for money, equipped with a sob story. His story was a façade and he was deceiving people for their money.

“If you are unsure of someone’s motive and you think they may be suspicious, call police on 101 and an available officer can speak with the person and find out if their intent is real.”

Anyone with information about any of these incidents should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1573 of 12/05 or call 101.