Conman's victim paints fraudster who tricked her out of hundreds of pounds

Conman's victim paints fraudster who tricked her out of hundreds of pounds

Patricia Morrison and the image

The conman, as painted by Patricia Morrison

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WHEN an elderly Hampshire artist found herself the victim of a conman she knew exactly what to do.

The 79-year-old used her artistic talents to produce a picture of the man who stole hundreds of pounds from her.

Patricia Morrison handed it over to police to help them in the hunt for the bogus builder who left her “traumatised” when he struck.

Patricia, who lives near Winchester, says she let the man into her home after he claimed to have carried out work for her neighbours.

She said he demanded £200 as a deposit before he could begin work on a new porch for her bungalow.

Patricia handed the money over for fear of angering him.

“I thought I might get a punch in the face so I just let him have the money and I was just glad to see the back of him. I feel traumatised.

“These people who do this kind of thing are pretty grotty. I blame society though – there’s not enough discipline,” she said.

Patricia has now used her artistic skills to help police with their investigation.

“That night I couldn’t sleep but I’m an artist so I painted a portrait of him as a way of getting him out of my head,” she said.

“I just hope it helps catch him before he does it to someone else.”

Grandmother Patricia is a member of Alresford and Chandler’s Ford art clubs and took three hours to do the pastille portrait.

A former rehabilitation officer for social services she also volunteers as an art teacher for the elderly and people with learning difficulties.

The trickster is described as white, between 32 and 33 years old, about 5ft 7ins, of athletic build with brown eyes, a plump face, gaps between his teeth and fresh cuts over his left eye.

He was wearing a grey or navy fleece jumper and a hi-vis jacket.

He also spoke very slowly.

PC Cassandra Hakin said: “This is a horrible crime where an elderly woman has been tricked into handing over money.

“If you have seen anyone suspicious in the area, or had someone cold calling at your door, contact the police. Genuine companies will not call at your home offering to complete work without a prior appointment.

“Do not buy goods or services on the doorstep and if the caller does not leave, then call the police.”

Anyone with information about the incident should telephone the police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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5:26pm Fri 28 Dec 12

jen1 says...

Eek! What an ugly mug!
Eek! What an ugly mug! jen1
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6:22pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Norwegian Saint says...

Bring back National Service!
Works well over here, not all do it but most want to as its very good on the cv.
Bring back National Service! Works well over here, not all do it but most want to as its very good on the cv. Norwegian Saint
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8:03pm Fri 28 Dec 12

beesdee says...

PASTELS not pastilles! What do they teach in schools these days? I suppose a packet of the Rowntrees variety might produce some sort of artwork, but I doubt it.
PASTELS not pastilles! What do they teach in schools these days? I suppose a packet of the Rowntrees variety might produce some sort of artwork, but I doubt it. beesdee
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8:33pm Fri 28 Dec 12

userds5050 says...

Look like an early Picasso or possible a Degas.
Look like an early Picasso or possible a Degas. userds5050
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8:41pm Fri 28 Dec 12

IronLady2010 says...

It's the kid out of The Never Ending Story?
It's the kid out of The Never Ending Story? IronLady2010
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9:10pm Fri 28 Dec 12

SotonLad says...

Robbery? Handed over cash due to fear.

Or civil matter - money for work not completed?
Robbery? Handed over cash due to fear. Or civil matter - money for work not completed? SotonLad
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10:19pm Fri 28 Dec 12

IronLady2010 says...

SotonLad wrote:
Robbery? Handed over cash due to fear.

Or civil matter - money for work not completed?
Actually on having another read, it does appear she wasn't threatened. She was just paranoid and should have booted the man out?
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Robbery? Handed over cash due to fear. Or civil matter - money for work not completed?[/p][/quote]Actually on having another read, it does appear she wasn't threatened. She was just paranoid and should have booted the man out? IronLady2010
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10:54pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

One born every day
One born every day Lockssmart
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2:09am Sat 29 Dec 12

ToastyTea says...

looks like a gypo
looks like a gypo ToastyTea
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10:37am Sat 29 Dec 12

Big Mac says...

Hang him in the Rogues gallery.
Hang him in the Rogues gallery. Big Mac
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8:36pm Sat 29 Dec 12

simaster says...

Isnt that the same guy the spanish lady painted.....


http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/world-europe-1
9349921
Isnt that the same guy the spanish lady painted..... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/world-europe-1 9349921 simaster
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