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Pensioner in Sussex robbed by man posing as police officer

Hastings police are warning residents about a man who posed as a police officer and deceived a pensioner after conning his way inside the home.

The man who pretended to be a plain clothed police officer called at the address of an 86 year old man in the town. The 'officer' asked the man if he had any cash in the house as he suspected that it could be counterfeit. The pensioner handed over £200. The 'officer' took the money and said that he would take it away to check it. He never returned.

The man is described as white, 5'8" tall, in his late twenties, of slim build, with short cropped brown coloured hair. He was wearing blue suit style trousers with a grey v neck jumper.

Detective Sergeant Tony Webb, of Hastings and Rother CID said: "The man who pretended to be a police officer assumed the role of someone in a position of trust and abused a pensioner's good nature. Please tell your friends and family members about this incident as I'd like as many people to be aware of what happened"

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