A suspected conman tried to dupe cash from an elderly woman who had been robbed of cash just three weeks before.

Kirklees detectives are appealing for information after an 80-year-old Mirfield woman was approached at home by a bogus caller for the second time.

Only last month the vulnerable pensioner was left devastated after a man who said he would do work on her home ended up stealing a large amount of money.

Now a second fraudster has attempted to convince the woman to hand over money but has been ushered away by a concerned neighbour.

Although two different men have called at the home on West Royd Avenue, detectives are saying they believe the crimes are linked.

West Royd Avenue, Mirfield - pic courtesy of Google

The latest offence occurred at about 3.30pm last Wednesday when a man called at her home and offered to do work on the property.

The victim declined but the man persisted in giving a price and she later decided to go the bank and draw out the money.

While the victim was still out, the man returned but was challenged by a neighbour and left empty handed.

At the same address on January 21 a different man succeeded in distracting the victim and stealing a significant sum of cash after being let in under the pretence of doing some odd-jobs.

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Detective Inspector Mark Colman, of Kirklees District CID, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around the time of these incidents for who has had similar approaches.

“We urge people to remain vigilant and to contact the police immediately if they see anyone acting suspiciously in their street or calling at homes. We also want people to keep an eye out for their elderly neighbours.

“If you see someone calling on them and you’re suspicious then contact the police straight away.

“Do not allow strangers into your home if they are not from a company or organisation that is expected for a pre-arranged visit.

“Keep the door on a chain and ask to see their identification badge and contact the company they claim to work for. Genuine callers will not mind waiting or coming back.

“If you are in any doubt, contact the police.”

The alleged conman from February 10 is a white man aged in his late forties, medium build, with dark stubble and a mole on his nose.

The suspect from the crime on January 21 is also a white man who is about 5ft 5ins tall, stocky, with short mousy hair that was combed back. He was wearing a dark-coloured jacket and was in a white van with writing on the side.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees District CID at Huddersfield Police Station via 101 quoting crime reference 13160063995 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.