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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Bogus Caller at Large in Bristol

The following article is direct from Avon and Somerset Police today, Tuesday 15th January. Please feel free to forward the post to others who would benefit.

Police are urging Bristol residents to be vigilant following a series of deceptions throughout the city.

Officers are currently investigating some 20 offences, possibly involving the same man, in areas ranging from Mangotsfield and Clifton to Staple Hill, Cotham, Redland, Easton and St Pauls.

This man visits properties claiming to be a neighbour or to have recently moved into the area and has problems with his electricity.

He usually then asks to borrow an extension leads and says that his keys and money are in an electric safe which he cannot open.

He then declines the offer of an extension lead, saying that the wattage is not sufficient, and produces an electricity top up key and asks for some money to top it up.

He has been given small amounts, of between £5 and £30, and leaves, promising to return.

He sometimes says he has links with a curry restaurant and offers a free meal in return for some money at the doorstep.

This man is described as of Asian appearance, slim to medium build, sometimes with a well-trimmed beard.

He has been wearing glasses, a Beanie-style hat, is reasonably well-spoken and wears smart/casual clothing.

Anyone with any information about the identity of whereabouts of this man should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

People are being urged to be vigilant and in particular keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours for unexpected callers.

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James Barlow said...

I think they've just nabbed him:

atlanticwriter said...

Well spotted. Thanks for the update James.

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