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Appeal after elderly woman conned

Police are hunting a con man who tricked his way into a pensioner's home and stole her purse.

The incident happened when the man called at an 85-year-old woman's house in Houghton, near Stockbridge on May 3.

He claimed that the woman had a rat infestation in her garden and told her he could get rid of the problem

After she agreed and paid the man, he called her into the garden to check his work and left.

The victim then realised her purse, which contained about £150, was missing.

The man is described as white, aged about 35 and about 5ft 4ins tall.

He had dark brown neat hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Cox at Andover Police Station on 101.

This is a despicable crime against an elderly lady. Please contact me if you have any information.

– PC Raymond Cox, Andover Police

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Police hunting cyclist who robbed 86 year old

An elderly woman has been robbed in Portsmouth while she was out doing her shopping.

The 86-year-old was walking home from a local shop in Southsea when a man on a bicycle stole her purse, which she was holding in her hand.

The purse contained £30 in cash and her house key. The woman was unable to get into her house. She was not injured but left shaken. It happened at the junction of Devonshire Avenue and Prince Albert Road between 9am and 9.50am on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

A suspect was described as: White, aged in his 20s, wearing a blue jacket and a baseball cap. Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Detective Constable Stephen Ryan at Fratton police station by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.