December 5 2013 Latest news:
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A roofer who stole from a 92-year-old blind man has been jailed for six months.
Peter Foster, 51, from Broadgrass Green in Elmswell, Suffolk, stole from the elderly man after he refused to pay an inflated price demanded by Foster for work carried out on the roof of his house.
Foster called at the house in South Wootton on April 16 and falsely told the owner that he had previously been at the property to work on his driveway and had returned to see him about the roof tiles.
The home owner believed this made Foster legitimate but baulked at the £350 price the roofer quoted.
They agreed a lower price for the work however after carrying out the work Foster once again demanded £350.
Eventually they agreed on £200 however Foster returned a week later, on April 24, and demanded the rest of the money.
Feeling threatened the man went inside his house to get a small amount of cash to placate him however Foster followed him in and took his money.
Police also received a second complaint about Foster, who had cold called at a house in Gressenhall on April 23.
The owner of this property told Foster to leave and when a neighbour intervened, Foster was threatening and abusive towards them.
Foster was arrested by officers from Norfolk Constabulary’s Operation RADAR team on May 15 and was charged in relation to both incidents.
He pleaded guilty at Norwich Crown Court and today was sentenced to six months imprisonment and given a five year Crown Court Order not to cold call at peoples properties seeking house maintenance.
Detective Constable Steve Moseley from Operation RADAR said: “Foster had never worked on the 92-year-old’s driveway, but took advantage of his good nature to gain his trust and then intimidate him into paying over the odds.
“The man was left upset and angry after Foster entered his home and took his money.
“He did not think twice about exploiting an elderly, vulnerable man for his own gain, and was rude and abusive when challenged touting for work at another address.
“Such behaviour is totally unacceptable and the Operation RADAR team works tirelessly with our Trading Standards partners to ensure anyone who commits such offences is stopped from abusing anyone else in this way.”