Gang preyed on blind woman, 99

A BOGUS workman who targeted an elderly blind Batley woman as part of a £1m nationwide scam is wanted by police.
The suspect may have been an accomplice of James Cunningham, who was jailed last week for his role in a gang of con artists.
Cunningham and his collaborator targeted the 99yearold victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, on November 14.
A man claiming to be from the council called at her home, saying he was there to mend a fence and that it would cost £10.
She let him in and was showing him into the lounge when a second suspect entered through the kitchen door at the rear of the house.
They fled emptyhanded due to there being no cash or valuables on hand. CCTV footage showed two suspects leaving, one of whom was Cunningham.
He was arrested in Northallerton and later linked to a Lincolnshire family thought to have conned elderly people out of £1m.
Residents across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire fell victim to similar bogus workman scams.
Cunningham, 26, was jailed for five years and four months at a Teeside Crown Court hearing for his part in the operation.
Kirklees Police’s DCI Andy White said: “Cunningham was responsible for a cynical burglary against a very old and very vulnerable woman.”
Gang leader David Price Snr, 42, got seven years and eight months, Shane Price, 41, three years and fours months and Angela Price, 40, 16 months.
David Price Snr’s sons, Abraham, 20 and David Price Jnr, 20, got three years eight months and three years four months at young offenders’ institutions.
Judge Howard Crowson said in sentencing: “This fraud involved a wellorganised, planned and ruthlessly executed course of conduct.”
Anyone with information about the  suspect can call DC Cath Uttley at Huddersfield CID on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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