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Police warning after bogus charity workers try to steal pensioner's Rolex watch in Purewell, Christchurch

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POLICE are warning of bogus charity workers after a failed attempt to steal a pensioner’s Rolex watch on a Christchurch street.

The intended victim, a local man in his 70s, was approached by two women who asked him to sign a survey near Priory Veterinary Hospital in Purewell around 7pm on Friday.

When he refused, the pair asked him for directions to Bournemouth. One of them shook his hand to thank him for the information, while the other tried to hug him.

The incident happened near Priory Veterinary Hospital in Purewell (photo: Google)
The incident happened near Priory Veterinary Hospital in Purewell (photo: Google)

But the man felt someone trying to remove his watch and managed to get away from the women before it was stolen.

Det. Sgt Karen Penn said: “We are carrying out enquiries into this incident and would urge anyone with information about who was responsible to please come forward.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to remain vigilant when wearing valuable items, especially if they are approached by someone and asked to fill in a survey or a form.

“If someone is approaching you from an established charity, they will have clear identification.”

Genuine charity workers usually carry lanyards and they should not ask people to hand over any valuables or present bank cards.

A local police Facebook post warning of the incident pointed out this was a similar method to previous criminal incidents seen in the area.

As reported in the A&T, in July last year a man in his 70s was left bruised after a woman approached him and snatched a Rolex from his wrist in Stanley Road, Highcliffe.

Those with information should contact Dorset officers on 101, quoting crime reference number 55220123072, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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