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Pensioner scammed out of £6000 urges others to beware

A pensioner from Oxfordshire has been telling ITV Meridian how she was conned out of more than £6000 by a bogus workman.

Dorothy Dainton was approached by the man at her home in Yarnton offering to do repairs on her roof.

She ended up paying him in cash. Now she's warning others not to fall victim to the same scam. Kate Bunkall reports.

Pensioner conned out of £6000 by rogue trader

The work carried out on Dorothy's home had to be fixed by a reputable trader Credit: ITV Meridian

A pensioner from Oxfordshire is warning people to be on their guard after she was conned out of more than £6000.

Dorothy Dainton from Yarnton spotted the builder doing work on her neighbours property, and asked him to fix some things for her.

The work was so bad, it had to be fixed by a reputable trader.

Dorothy contacted Trading Standards for help, who carried out an investigation.

Tom Mobey from Didcot was jailed for ten months last week.



Level crossing crash latest

British Transport Police has confirmed that two men were in a car struck by a freight train at Sandy Lane level crossing in Yarnton, Oxfordshires, yesterday.

BTP and Thames Valley Police officers were called to the incident, which was reported to at 3.40pm.

South Central Ambulance Service medics also attended. Two men were in the vehicle at the time of the collision. Sadly the passenger of the vehicle, an 85-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 78-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital, where is he being treated for his injuries and remains in a stable condition."

– British Transport Police statement

The train was a Trafford Park to Southampton freight service, and the train driver was left shaken but uninjured. The driver pulled the emergency brake on the train but was unable to stop in time.

The line was closed last night whilst an investigation was carried by officers and the rail industry.

The vehicle has been recovered and the line was handed back to Network Rail at 10.40pm. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch and the Office of Rail Regulation have been informed, and officers will continue to build a file for the Coroner.

Officers are continuing their investigation and will continue to work to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the car came to be on the tracks."

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Taylor, British Transport Police
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