Police warning after man conned in Wordwell

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Police are warning members of the public to remain vigilant after a man in Wordwell was conned out of money.

The victim was travelling through the village at 11.30am last Wednesday (January 16) when he was flagged down by a man standing in the road, on the B1106.

He claimed to have run out of petrol and lost his wallet and pleaded with the victim to lend him some money, which he promised to pay back the next day.

The man gave the victim two signet rings off his fingers as collateral in exchange for £40. He also gave him a business card with contact details so the victim could call him and arrange to get his money back.

When the victim tried calling he found the number was unobtainable and he has since had the rings valued and found them to be worthless.

The offender is described as an Asian man, aged around 25, smartly dressed in a dark three-quarter length coat, with dark trousers and a scarf. The car he was standing beside is described as a dark-coloured saloon, similar to a Vauxhall Vectra.

Anyone who believes they may have seen this man or who has any information about this incident is asked to call the Investigation Management Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.