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Editor’s comment: Help catch this thieving scumbag

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2018

CCTV footage of the conman who stole £8,000 from 83-year-old Jean Hurley who lives in Hornchurch. Photo: Andrew Hurley.

CCTV footage of the conman who stole £8,000 from 83-year-old Jean Hurley who lives in Hornchurch. Photo: Andrew Hurley.

Andrew Hurley

Readers of this paper, and our website, will be shocked and outraged this week at the despicable thief who stole £8,000 from an 83-year-old woman.

We are asking everyone in the borough to come together to identify him.

People horrified by the story have talked about raising money to replace the life savings lost by Jean Hurley but that is not what her son wants. He wants this scumbag caught.

We are lucky that Mrs Hurley had CCTV inside her Hornchurch home and so we have footage of him. Unfortunately he never looks up at the cameras and so we don’t get a good look at his face.

But someone may know him from his build and from his clothing. He may even be boasting about his “windfall”.

Targeting an elderly, vulnerable woman for her life savings is not something our community will accept.

So I urge everyone to look at the screen grab picture on our front page, go to our website and watch the CCTV film of him wandering around Mrs Hurley’s home and frightening her into parting with her money.

If you are on Facebook, please share. He may not live in the borough but it can’t be a coincidence that he knocked on the door of an 83-year-old woman so presumably he hung around checking out the area.

Someone, somewhere knows who he is and we cannot let him get away with it.

If we don’t catch him now, some other poor elderly victim will be next. It could be my dad, or your mum or grandma.

In the words of Mrs Hurley’s son: “It is disgusting. I can’t believe that someone would do this this. I can’t imagine how scared she must have been.”

On a more positive note, the mountain of rubbish left behind by Travellers at the Pompadours site has been cleared and the landowner is planning 24-hour security to stop them coming back.

Better late than never, you may think.

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