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Public warned to be vigilant of man asking for lifts and money

PUBLISHED: 21:06 19 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:21 21 August 2019

One of the incidents took place in Waveney Road Ipswich Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

One of the incidents took place in Waveney Road Ipswich Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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A man convinced people to give him a lift - before running away with their money.

The first incident was reported to police on Sunday, August 4 and took place in Waveney Road at around 6pm.

An unknown man approached the victim - a man in his 70s - and told him that he was a neighbour and that he had locked his wallet and key fob in his car.

The victim then drove the man to Woodbridge Road so that he could get a new key fob. He came back a few minutes later and said he needed £100 to get the fob.

The victim gave him the money and the man said he would give it back to him once he got back to his car, but he never returned.

The victim knocked on a neighbour's door in Waveney Road and asked if they knew him but the occupant told him that the man did not live there.

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A spokesman for Suffolk police said: "The male suspect is described as 5ft 7in tall, with an unshaven, round face and dark hair.

"He was also heard speaking with what was described as being an eastern European accent."

A second incident was reported to police on Monday, August 12 and took place in Clapgate Lane at around 11.15am.

An unknown man knocked on the door of a property and said a person's name.

He said he been locked out of his car and asked if the victim - a man in his 60s - could give him a lift so that he could get a new key fob.

The victim agreed to give the man a lift and then drove him to the Matalan car park.

He told the victim not to get out, otherwise he would get a ticket. The man then left in the direction of the bingo hall in Ranelagh Road and was not seen again.

Anyone with any information should contact Suffolk police quoting crime number 37/48280/19 (August 12) and 37/46785/19 (August 4).

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