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Can you help us identify this man from CCTV images and help our fraud investigation?

News   •   Aug 21, 2019 12:05 BST

We have released CCTV images of a man we would like to speak to in connection with a fraud investigation involving rogue traders.

Officers have carried out a number of enquiries across both Surrey and Sussex and believe two frauds that occurred in Knaphill, Surrey, and Bognor Regis, Sussex, may be connected.

An elderly Knaphill couple were defrauded of their life savings, when they were overcharged by rogue traders in 2017. They paid £136,000 for a variety of work in and around their home, which building experts say was valued at just £20,000.

A woman in her late 60s paid £7,000 for driveway repairs at her home in Bognor in 2017 but the work was never completed.

Further investigation suggests that the man featured in the CCTV may have information that will help us with our enquiries and we are keen to speak to him.

Detective Constable Richard Pegden from Surrey Police, who is investigating the incident, said: “I believe this man has vital information in connection with these scams and I am keen to speak to him as soon as possible.

“We are urging the man himself to come forward or anyone who can tell us who he is so we can make further progress with our enquiries.”

The man is described as:

  • White
  • Aged in his 30s
  • Approximately 5ft 10in tall
  • Average build
  • Shoulder length black hair
  • Anybody with information is urged to call 101 quoting crime reference number PR/47170143292, or you can use the online reporting system found at https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and enter the reference number in the ‘Incident Details' section.

    You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/