DODGY workmen fleeced an elderly pensioner out of more than £1,000.

The cowboy labourers took £1,380 from 83-year-old Arthur Robinson for botched odd jobs.

It happened just weeks after the ex-Yorkshire Water worker’s Reinwood Road home, in Quarmby, was burgled.

His son Alan, 42, said he believed the two incidents were connected.

And he warned other people to be wary of labourers turning up unannounced offering to carry out work.

He said: “I think the people who did this are absolutely despicable and they need to be caught as soon as possible.

“My father has a heart condition and I believe they took advantage of his illness.

“Anyone who gets people like this turning up and saying they’ll do work should demand to see identification.

“If they come purporting to be general workers wanting odd jobs, ask for something that proves where they come from. We did, and they couldn’t provide anything.”

Mr Robinson and his son were on holiday in Blackpool when their house was broken into in June.

Items including a First World War medal presented to Mr Robinson’s uncle were taken in the raid.

A video recorder, DVD player, passport, gold watch and cash were also stolen.

Alan Robinson said: “The scene in every room was one of complete devastation.

“Drawers had been pulled out and several items of furniture were smashed.

“We were devastated.”

About two weeks later a man arrived at the house and offered to remove rubbish from the garden for £80, which Mr Robinson gave him.

The same man then said he could tidy up the gardens and resurface the path for £1,500.

A day later he said it would cost £2,000 and demanded £600 as a “down payment.”

Mr Robinson handed over the cash and during the next few days a group of men returned on several occasions supposedly to carry out various jobs.

They offered to repoint the chimney, lay a shed base in the garden and clear more rubbish for a further £2,000.

Mr Robinson handed over various amounts of cash.

Half a poor-quality path was laid.

Alan said: “They left a mess and never finished what they promised to undertake.”

He challenged one of the men about what they were doing.

“I told him that my father has never sanctioned any of this work and that I was expecting the police round in connection with the previous burglary,” he said.

“He then squirmed and left and they have not been back since.”

Police were given descriptions of the men.

The news about Mr Robinson comes days after the Examiner reported the case of a Kirkheaton woman whose house was ransacked by bogus workmen.

Police have advised residents to make sure they see identification for anyone offering to carry out labouring work.