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Police Appeal After Cold Caller Steals From Pensioner

Tuesday December 17 2013

POLICE in Barnsley are appealing for witnesses and information after a cold caller snatched an elderly man's bag containing £600, photographs of his late wife and a lock of her hair.

The incident happened at 10.50am on December 14 at a home on Baslow Road, Athersley South.

A man in his late teens to early twenties with ginger hair called at the door asking for sponsorship for a bike ride.

The victim, aged in his seventies, agreed and went into the house to get some money.

But he was followed by the man, who snatched a bum bag, which contained the sentimental items and hundreds of pounds, before leaving.

The culprit is described as aged in his late teens to early twenties with ginger hair, around 5ft 6in and of slender build.

He was wearing a high visibility worker's jacket and carrying a clip board.

Mark Perry, South Yorkshire area fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: "We don’t do any door-to-door collecting or approach people in the street, though we sometimes have stands.

"All of the charity's volunteers are registered and have an official uniform and photo identification."

Any witnesses or anyone with information about the deception is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 431 of December 14.

Alternatively people can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555111.

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Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 10:03
Well my god! This has got to be one of the saddest things if read for a long time. Sometimes words fail me!

Reply Posted by sunshine girl on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 10:05
Disgusting!! Some 'people' have no shame! The trouble is the justice system isn't a deterant because scum like that often get a fine or very occasionally a short sentence with no regard to the fact that the poor victim will be terrified to open his own front door! :-(

Reply Posted by kip on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 10:13
Someone knows this person,do the right thing an report the scumbag.

Reply Posted by Freddie on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 13:58
Scum of the Earth! If he's caught will we get the usual bleatings about "not being as bad as paedos & rapists" & "leave drug dealers alone cos they do no harm"? The apologists for these scum are scum too!!!

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 17:36
What a very upsetting and shocking story to read. This cowardly piece of scum should be caught and dealt with very harshly by the justice system...........but we all know that won't happen, he'll have some pathetic sob story and be free to do the same again. I wish when he'd followed the old man into the house there had been an 18 stone 6ft 4'' rugby player waiting to wipe the floor with him !

Reply Posted by sunshine girl on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 14:42
That would have been interesting rubydoo!! The sad thing is though the 'rugby player' would ave been done for assult, what a stupid justice system we have!!

Reply Posted by gazza on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 16:10
Drugs, starving, homeless no excuse whatsover this poor old chap will now suffer for the rest of his normal life. Can we start a collection for him wab to help get him some money back for xmas.. if so i will start it with £10

Reply Posted by Kfc on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 16:15
I'd be happy yo make a donation if it can be set up.

Has for the scumbag that did this my Associates would love to spooner an event for you.

Reply Posted by Dawn on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 16:27
i would willingly donate if some account was set up but in reality its the irreplacable sentimental items that will cut the deepest so lets hope he gets caught and they are given back.

Reply Posted by Kim on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 17:47
This is bloody disgusting my heart goes out to the gentleman I knw he lost a lot of money but the photographs an lock of hair are irreplaceable heartless that's all I can say

Reply Posted by Nicola on Monday December 30 2013 at 22:11
Please start a collection for this man, I will put in also. But like said previously his late wife's items are irreplaceable and should be returned at once, so sad x

Reply Posted by Laura on Tuesday December 31 2013 at 08:08
I hope they find the guy. He should be strung up. Preying on the vulnerable. Id hate to think this was one of my grandparents. Id definately put into a collection. Its probally the sentimental items he wants most as they are irreplaceable. Poor man. I hope theres some justice for what you have had to encounter