Residents be warned to be on your guard from con men in the area after an incident dubbed the 'Leather gate' incident!

A 93-year-old man from Stockton Heath was persuaded to buy three leather coats which turned out to be fake, in Stockton Heath.

The elderly resident was parked in The Forge car park, on October 15, before engaging in conversation with a man, who offered to sell him three 'leather jackets'.

The man claimed that he 'didn't want to take them back on the flight home' with him.

The unknown male accompanied the 93 year old to a cash machine in the village. He settled for £30 for the three coats.

Cllr Judith Guthrie, executive board member for public protection, said "It's despicable that someone would take advantage of such a trusting man. In this instance the bargain wasn't what it appeared as the coats are of poor quality and certainly aren't leather. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is."

Peter Astley, assistant director for regulation and protection, added: "Officers from trading standards are continuing their investigation to identify who this unknown male was and, while the financial loss could have been a lot worse, it's always of great concern when unscrupulous traders accompany people to the cash point or bank to withdraw money.

"It is fortunate that the gentleman told his wife and daughter what had happened and his daughter reported it to my team."

Anybody approached by someone offering items for sale in unusual circumstances is urged to report it to trading standards on 0345 404 0506.

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