Fraudster attempted to force entry into Lauriston pensioner’s home

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A BOGUS caller who claimed to work for a council tried to force his way into a pensioner’s home.

The incident took place at an address in Lauriston Place at 8.30pm on Tuesday, May 10.

The fraudster - wearing a high-visibility jacket and blue jeans - told the 70-year-old that he needed to access his house, before trying to push his way in when the pensioner refused. He then fled towards Tollcross.

Police described the bogus caller as white, with a medium build, between 22 and 27 and with short brown hair.

Detective Constable Watson, who is based at Gayfield Police Station, said: “If anyone recognises this individual, or has information that can assist with our ongoing investigation or who may have concerns about possible fraudulent workmen, then I urge them to please contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively a report can be submitted anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.