Man, 91, robbed by bogus gardener

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AN elderly man had hundreds of pounds stolen by a bogus gardener who arrived at his home.

The 91-year-old was robbed during the incident which began at around 2pm yesterday at an address in Cairnmuir Road, Corstorphine.

After agreeing for gardening work to be carried out, the victim handed over his bank card to the suspect, who promised to return later.

After the man failed to re-appear, the pensioner contacted police and enquiries established a three-figure sum of cash had been removed from his account.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, approximately 50-years-old, 5ft 8ins tall with a slim build, almost no hair on his head. He was wearing dark coloured gardening clothes and spoke with a Scottish accent.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The elderly victim has been left very distressed at the theft of money from his account and we are conducting local enquiries to establish whether neighbours remember seeing anything suspicious.

“Anyone who recognises the description of the male responsible, or who has information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.