Warning to Motorists

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I have received to following notice from Neighbourhood Watch

Motorists are being warned to beware of fraudsters who have struck numerous times in Staffordshire in recent days.

The offenders usually park in laybys off main commuter roads and pretend that their car has broken down. They flag passing vehicles down and then ask for money in exchange for jewellery or gold that turns out to be fake.

In the past fortnight, the conmen have struck in various places throughout the county and the wider region. Crimes have taken place in areas including Lichfield, Blythe Bridge, Leek, Hixon, Brereton and Wolseley Bridges, near Rugeley.

The offenders are described as being Asian or Eastern European in appearance and one of them had a distinctive scar on his nose. They have used a variety of cars including a Mercedes, a Fiat Punto and a Volkswagon estate.

Detective Superintendent Juliet Prince, from Staffordshire Police, said: “The offenders sound plausible and have already persuaded several victims to part with money.

“We would urge people to be vigilant and if they are approached to contact police immediately with as much information as possible about the vehicle or person that approached them.”

Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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