The Hove police are searching for a man who is suspected of manipulating residents into giving him cash to get home. The man knocked on various addresses in the Walsingham Road area on Sunday 4th March.
He is described as white, in his early forties and about 5’9″ to 6’1″. He is of medium build, with thinning hair, a stubbly beard, striking eyes and dark eye lashes. He was wearing jeans and a hooded top.
He reportedly claimed that he had lost his phone and needed £10 to get home, and told residents he was visiting the area. The telephone number he offered did not work, and the passport he gave them as a type of deposit was clearly fake.
PCSO Jake Adfield said; “The Hove area experienced some similar incidents last summer and we hope not to have a repeat. In July last year a man, who we believe may be the same person involved on 4 March, ‘borrowed’ more than £80 from generous members of the public in the Denmark Villas, Stirling Place and Norton Road areas, using a similar ruse.
“Fortunately this time nobody has so far parted with any money. We ask local people to remain vigilant, not to give any money to anyone and to contact us. Your security and safety is the priority, so if you do answer the door, if possible put on a security chain or simply do not answer if you feel vulnerable, and call us.”
Anyone with any information about the man should contact the police on 101 or online quoting serial 524 of 04/03. If you see someone you believe may be the suspect, dial 999.