Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gang Targeted OAP for Life Savings; Pensioner Was Forced to Give Cash to Bogus Callers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gang Targeted OAP for Life Savings; Pensioner Was Forced to Give Cash to Bogus Callers

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Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH

THIS gang of heartless crooks targeted a frail pensioner for his life savings.

Vulnerable 78-year-old David Lofthouse was forced to hand over cheques after the bogus callers claimed to have carried out repairs to his guttering.

As he made to write a cheque for pounds 500, it was snatched from his hand and the amount was changed to pounds 5,000.

The incident was part of a cruel campaign by John Sharpe and Adolphus Connor, 30 and 19, both of Prince's Gardens, Blyth, Zoe Towart, 19, of Avon Court, New Hartley, and Nicky Eastlake, 22, of Waterford Close, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, to fleece him of his hardearned cash.

Two of the conmen returned to the property later that month and demanded a further pounds 600.

Again the vulnerable Mr Lofthouse was under pressure to write a cheque, but as he did so it was taken from him and the amount changed to pounds 6,000.

Mr Lofthouse, a retired driver from Guide Post, Choppington, spoke of his anguish after the four were brought to book at Newcastle Crown Court.

"They have been caught and that is the main thing for me and my friends and family," he said.

"I haven't had any compensation yet and the money was for my grandson and granddaughter. It is something that shouldn't have happened but it did.

"I don't feel so bad now that they have been taken in. I wasn't really angry but I was upset that they had taken the pounds 5,000 of out my account.

"The police did a very good job of it and that makes it better for me."

The court heard ringleader Sharpe and Connor turned up at the pensioner's house claiming he owed them for work.

Mr Lofthouse was shocked when halfway through writing the cheque, a gang member grabbed it and did a runner. The amended pounds 5,000 cheque was used to buy a van, which was then sold on so the gang could pocket the money. …

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