Man Posing As A Jockey Duped Warminster Couple Out Of £200

Tuesday 17th July 2018:

Warminster Police are appealing for information after a man posing as a jockey duped a couple out of £200.

The incident happened on either 4th or 5th July 2018 in Warminster when the victims were approached at their home address by a man who told them he needed money to get a train to Newmarket so he could start his new job as a jockey. He also told them he needed some new riding equipment to get him started.

PC Sharon Duggan, from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team, said: “This man is extremely convincing and puts on an act of being very upset and in desperate need of help. Because of this the couple in question felt pressured into helping him and handed over £200 cash. There was a similar incident in 2015 and we are concerned that someone else is now using the same approach to obtain money from vulnerable people.”

The man is described as around 5ft tall, of slight build similar to a jockey, tanned complexion and aged in his mid-thirties. He had dark hair and no distinctive accent. The Police are urging people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Duggan on 101, quoting crime reference number 54180064255. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.