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CCTV appeal after man allegedly tried to scam businesses in Simmondley and Castleton

Alert message sent 20/04/2020 17:20:00

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We’ve released the image of a man we’d like to speak to in connection with an alleged scam targeting businesses in Simmondley and Castleton.

On Wednesday 1 April, between 3pm and 3.35pm, a man is reported to have called in to Simmondley Post Office, on Pennine Road, and asked for cash to carry out work to solve a problem with rats at the back of the store.

He is also believed to have targeted a nearby pharmacy on the same day.

There was a similar report at the Coach House Stores and Post Office, on How Lane, Castleton, on Monday 9 March, where a man came into the shop and said there had been reports of rats behind the building and needed cash to carry out work.

It is thought he also attempted the same scam at Peveril Stores, also in Castleton.

The man in the picture may be able to help with our inquiries. Do you recognise him?

If you have any information which could help our inquiries please contact us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

Please quote the reference number 20*173970 and the name of the officer in the case, PC Patrick Hayley, in any correspondence. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.
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