Fraudster lurks in village

PUBLISHED: 14:45 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A BOGUS car park inspector has been conning village pensioners.

A BOGUS car park inspector has been conning village pensioners.

Drivers in Winscombe are being warned to look out for the counterfeit conman who may still be lurking in the village of Winscombe.

The 80-year-old male victim had parked his car along Sandford Road at about 12.30pm today (Fri).

He mistakenly parked in a blue badge bay and was soon approached by a smartly dressed middle aged man posing as an inspector.

The fraudster told the elderly man he would have to pay a £40 fine, so the OAP handed over the money.

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "Car park inspectors never ask for money and on the tickets they issue it specifically says 'do not pay the inspector'.

"They all wear a uniform and carry identification. If any member of the public is unsure about an inspector's bona fides they can contact the council's car park office on 01934 634 706 who will be happy to confirm an inspector's identification."

The incident has been reported to the police and if anyone has information they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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