Clitheroe conman posing as PC swindles £8,000 from couple

An elderly couple were tricked into handing over £8,000 by a “deplorable” fraudster posing as a police officer.

The man first telephoned asking the pair to withdraw £40,000, but their bank became suspicious and blocked it.

Police said the next day the offender called again and convinced the woman to hand over £8,000 to a “courier” on Wesleyan Row, Clitheroe.

He told the man and woman in their 80s and 90s he was Scotland Yard detective investigating a fraud case.

Police are appealing for help from anybody who was in the area of Trinity Methodist Church on Wesleyan Row at about 16:30 GMT on 30 October, especially if they have dash cam or CCTV footage.

The offender is described as mid-20s with dark hair, a dark complexion and clothing.

Det Con Heather Kerr said: “This is an utterly deplorable offence made all the more callous and tragic by the fact that the offenders groomed the woman into thinking she was assisting a serious police investigation by handing over money.

“Such damage was done to her trust that even when I spoke to her I had to be accompanied by another colleague in uniform.”

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