£1000 reward to catch conmen

A £1,000 reward was offered yesterday to catch two men who stole the savings of two elderly sisters by posing as workmen.A man pretending to be from a gas company caused a distraction at the home of 72-year-old Sylvia Hughes, in Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, while another went upstairs and took thousands of pounds in jewellery and cash, along with the savings of her sister Joyce Girling, 78, who lives with her.

A £1,000 reward was offered yesterday to catch two men who stole the savings of two elderly sisters by posing as workmen.

A man pretending to be from a gas company caused a distraction at the home of 72-year-old Sylvia Hughes, in Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, while another went upstairs and took thousands of pounds in jewellery and cash, along with the savings of her sister Joyce Girling, 78, who lives with her.

Carl Hughes, Mrs Hughes' son said: “They are both traumatised. I want to see the people who did this put away.”

He offered the £1,000 reward for the arrest, charge and conviction of the men, who struck between 2.30-3.30pm on Tuesday.

Det Con Kevin Maskell said “What these men did was evil. There's no other word for it.”

The sisters yesterday warned of the dangers of trusting callers without checking their credentials. Mrs Hughes said the man told her he needed to go into her garden as the gas company was to put a pipeline through it.

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Mrs Girling added: “I was saving for my burial. I don't want a pauper's grave.”

Contact Det Con Maskell on 08454564567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.