Conman targets the elderly in Barnsley

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Elderly people in Barnsley and the Dearne are warned to be watchful after a man was duped by a charity conman

Police are appealing for help in tracing a cold caller who snatched an elderly man’s bag containing £600, photographs of his late wife and a lock of her hair.

The incident happened at 10.50am on Saturday, December 14, at a home on Baslow Road, Athersley South.

A man in his late teens to early twenties with ginger hair called at the door asking for sponsorship for a bike ride in aid of the air ambulance.

The victim, who is in his seventies, agreed and went into the house to get some money.

But he was followed by the man, who snatched a bum bag containing sentimental items and hundreds of pounds, before leaving.

The culprit is described as in his late teens to early twenties with ginger hair, around 5ft 6in tall and of slender build. He was wearing a high visibility worker’s jacket and carrying a clip board.

Mark Perry, South Yorkshire area fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “We don’t do any door-to-door collecting or approach people in the street, although we sometimes have stands.

“All of the charity’s volunteers are registered and have an official uniform and photo identification.”

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Any witnesses or anyone with information about the deception is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on: 101 and quote incident number 431 of 14 December. Alternatively people can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555111.