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Image released after elderly man tricked out of £800 in ‘despicable’ crime

Police have released an image of a man we wish to trace after a vulnerable elderly man was duped out of £800.

The incident happened on Tuesday 9 April at around midday. The victim, a man in his 70s, was approached outside Lidl supermarket in Carrington.

He was forced into buying a laptop and mobile phone and marched to a cash machine to draw out £800. When he paid the money, the suspect handed him a bag containing bottles of fizzy drinks.

Police have issued an image of a man that could help us further their investigation.

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PC Aiden Cook, who is investigating the incident, said: “This was a despicable crime, with the victim targeted just because of his vulnerability. This is a tactic often used by criminals, using persistence to ensure the person part with their money.

“We are determined to catch the person responsible to ensure no one else falls victim to this heinous crime. The incident has left the victim embarrassed, with a lot of money lost as a result.

“We have carried out a number of lines of inquiry and have released an image of a man that could help us further our inquiries. Do you know the man in the picture? Are you the man in the picture? Please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident number 0269 of the 10th April, 2024 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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