Appeal to trace ‘disgraceful’ M25 conman

PUBLISHED: 10:48 24 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:48 24 November 2014

Police car

Police car

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A woman was flagged down and conned close to the M25 in South Mimms, prompting a police appeal.

The victim, 48, pulled over on the anti-clockwise entry slip road at Junction 24 by a man who said he needed money to get home.

He handed her jewellery, which he said she could return when he repaid the cash. She drove to the South Mimms services to withdraw £140 in cash, with him following in a gold car, with another man.

She later realised the jewellery was worthless, and a business card he gave her was fake.

The main suspect is described as Asian, in his late 20s to early 30s, stocky, and between 5ft7in and 5ft8in tall.

He had short black hair and was clean shaven.

He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and blue Lacoste trainers.

PC Paul Francis said: “This was a disgraceful con which targeted a woman who was travelling alone and I am keen to trace those responsible as soon as possible.

“I would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have been targeted by a similar scam or who has been approached by a man matching the description given.

“It is thought the two men involved in this incident are working together and are using a gold compact MPV-type vehicle. If you believe you saw the vehicle in the area either around the time of or prior to the incident then please get in contact.”

Anyone with information can contact PC Francis by calling 101, citing crime reference J3/14/1050.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


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