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Gardening conmen defraud pensioner of almost £3,000

PUBLISHED: 09:59 04 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:59 04 August 2015

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Police are appealing for information

An elderly woman in Bexley has been defrauded of her savings by a gang of conmen.

The 80-year-old handed over £2,900 to the four after they approached her on her doorstep in Blackfen Road, Sidcup, offering to tidy and prune her garden.

The pensioner had agreed to let them do the work without setting a fee, but after it was done they took her to her bank further along Blackfen Road and asked her to withdraw the cash.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses to the incident, which happened on Thursday, June 25 at about 1.30pm.

The men, who claimed to be from a company called The Oakdale Tree Surgery based in Sutton-at-Hone, are white and in their 20s and drove a white livery vehicle.

Detective Constable John Wills, from Bexley CID, said: “We would like to ask people to be vigilant.

“If anyone approaches you on your doorstep, check their credentials and don’t let them put you under any pressure to agree on work to be done immediately - if they are from a reputable company, they won’t mind waiting a few days until you have made a decision.

“Ultimately, if you are concerned for your safety please call 999.”

Anyone with information should call DC Wills on 020 8284 9236 or

Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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