E-fit released in hunt for 'roofing conmen' who targeted woman in Ashton-in-Makerfield

An e-fit of one of the suspects

An e-fit of one of the suspects

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DETECTIVES fear two men who conned a 71-year-old woman out of hundreds of pounds could target people in St Helens.

They struck at a house in Bolton Road in Ashton-In-Makerfield earlier this month when they told the victim they had carried out work on a neighbour's roof.

The woman turned down their off work, but the men became very insistent and intimidating and she reluctantly handed over money to have her chimney and roof repaired.

He then told her to write down her name and address so he could put it on the receipt. At this point the men returned to their van and drove off.

They have not been back since.

The first offender about was 5ft 8in tall, of average build, between 20 and 30 years old. He had a rough weathered complexion and spoke with a Wigan accent.

The second was between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in tall, of stocky build with a round face and dark ginger hair, aged between 25 and 30.

Detective Constable Rachel Forsythe from Wigan division, said: “These offenders have preyed on an elderly woman. Now we have release an image of one of the suspects.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124/7295, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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