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BTP seek con artist who preyed on vulnerable couple - Selby




British Transport Police (BTP) officers are asking for the public’s help to locate a con artist who preyed on an elderly couple in the North Yorkshire area.


PC Dave Knox, of British Transport Police, said the man approached the couple in Selby on Tuesday, 15 June.

He said: “The suspect approached the victim, 73, and his wife in Selby rail station car park at around 1.10pm. He asked the couple for £5 as his car had supposedly broken down and he needed the rail fare to get home.

“The couple, unaware that the man intended to make a gain for himself, handed over their cash.”

As soon as they realised they have been victims to a scam, they reported the incident to BTP officers at York station.

This is not the first time the man has struck. North Yorkshire Police believes the man has committed a string of similar offences in the York area since August 2009.

The conman is believed to obtain money by deception from his victims by approaching them and declaring false incidents where he is in need of cash. He has claimed to be a paramedic or ambulance driver from the Oxford or Cambridge area, with RAF connections, stating that he has either lost his keys or locked them in his car and that he is desperate to get to work on time. He is also suspected of committing similar offences in Leeds, Selby and Sheffield.

The man is described as white, six feet tall, well built, with short black hair.

PC Knox added “The couple thought they had done a good deed by helping out a man in need. Instead they had fallen victim to his con. I would urge people to think very carefully before handing money to strangers.”

Anyone with information about this man, or who thinks they may have fallen victim to him, should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 289 of 15/06/10.

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