Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Artist Draws DIY E-Fit of Conman Who Duped Him

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Artist Draws DIY E-Fit of Conman Who Duped Him

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WHEN a retired art teacher was swindled on his doorstep he decided to warn others - by creating his own homemade 'e-fit' of the conman.

Tom McGrath, 70, quickly put pencil to paper to draw the workman when he realised he had been tricked.

Former secondary teacher Tom initially gave the doorstep caller Pounds 30 to clear out his gutters when he turned up at his Chorlton home asking for work.

But then the man, who called himself David, turned up at Tom's house again later that evening.

Tom says 'David' told him a tale about a broken key, persuading him to hand over a Pounds 20 note. He has heard nothing from the workman since. Tom says it is now clear that it was 'an obvious con trick' and he now hopes to warn others about 'David'. …

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