Conmen trick pensioner out of life savings at his home at Whinburgh, near Dereham

Bogus workmen stole an 84-year-old Norfolk man's life savings.

Three men went to the victim's bungalow in Dereham Road, Whinburgh, near Dereham, and told him his guttering was blocked and needed cleaning out.

They initially said it would cost �120 to do the work and when he refused, the men quoted �60 and he agreed.

The pensioner - who has glaucoma and suffers from arthritis - went inside to get the money and two of the gang followed him in.

One of them asked to use the toilet and the second stayed in the lounge with the victim.

When he did not return, the pensioner went to look for him and found him in his bedroom.

The victim - who has always lived in the village - then went outside to see how the work was coming along and the group had all gone.

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The pensioner realised about �500 - which was all his life savings - had gone. It is believed they left in a blue three-tonne truck.

One of his friends said: 'He feels upset that his money had gone and annoyed that he let them in. He is now worrying about how he will be able to pay for bills.'

The distraction burglary happened at about midday last Wednesday and is being investigated by Norfolk Police's Operation Radar team.

Det Con Steve Matthews said the man did not have a bank account and had kept all his money at home.

He urged people not to deal with doorstep workmen, not to keep large amounts of money in homes and to contact police if they were suspicious of callers.

One man is described as aged 20-30, mediun build with short fair hair and wearing a light coloured jacket and light trousers. The second man was about 30 with short dark hair and wearing black jeans and a black jacket, The third man had short brown hair and wore brown cord trousers and a brown shirt.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101.

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