Bogus workmen stole £500 from elderly woman

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POLICE are hunting rogue gardeners who snatched £500 out of the hands of an elderly woman.

The pensioner had been targeted by two men who said they were going to carry out “minor garden work”, before asking for £1,200.

As the woman went into her purse and picked out £500, the men grabbed the cash and left, saying they would be back for the rest.

Police are now appealing for information about what they are treating as a robbery at 11am on Monday in Miers Avenue, Hartlepool.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Two men knocked on the door of an address asking whether the victim wanted them to carry our some garden work.

“The men carried out some minor garden work and then requested £1,200 from the victim. She removed £500 from her purse which was snatched out of her hand and the men left, stating that they would return for the rest of the money the next day.

“The men were using a white flatbed vehicle with a cage on the rear.”

The first man is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall and of slim build. He had short, mousey hair, pale skin and was wearing green wellies, blue jeans and a grey jumper with a logo on the front.

The second man is described as white, around 5ft 2in tall, of stocky build with stubble. He was wearing dark glasses, black work boots, blue jeans and a black jacket.

Any witnesses or anyone with further information about the incident is asked to contact PC Philip Guard, of Hartlepool Police, by calling the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.