Thugs force elderly victim to hand over £100 in Telford

Thugs forced a vulnerable elderly person to part with money after harassing them at their home in Telford.

Two men targeted the victim's house in Brookside by claiming to have carried out work on the property, despite not undertaking the work nor being asked to do so.

After the victim denied the pair payment of £130 on April 12, one of the men returned the following day at about 9.30am and demanded the money.

The homeowner was forced to hand over £100 to the man, who fled the scene in a black van.

West Mercia Police confirmed the suspects were described as white and having dark hair. One is believed to be in his 20s and the other in his 40s.

Following the incident, an officer from Brookside Safer Neighbourhood Team applied to a police fund to reimburse the victim.

A police spokesman said: "An application to the West Mercia Community Fund was made and we have been able to return £100 to the victim, along with a bouquet of flowers.

"We hope that this gesture goes some way to helping the victim move on from this ordeal.

"Thank you Rosie in the Garden for providing this wonderful bouquet of flowers."

Anyone with information should contact PC 1378 Vaughan on 101, quoting incident reference number 00269_i of April 13, 2021.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111 or crimestoppers-uk.org

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