Police warning after fake charity workers tried to steal pensioner’s Rolex watch in Purewell, Christchurch

POLICE are warning of fake charity workers after a failed attempt to steal a pensioner’s Rolex watch from a street in Christchurch.

The intended victim, a local man in his 60s, was approached by two women who asked him to sign a survey near Priory Veterinary Hospital in Purewell around 7pm on Friday.

When he refused, the couple asked him for directions to Bournemouth. One of them shook his hand to thank him for the information, while the other tried to hug him.

The incident happened near Priory Veterinary Hospital in Purewell (Picture: Google)

But the man felt someone try to pull his watch off and managed to get away from the women before it was stolen.

Det. Sgt Karen Penn said: ‘We are investigating this incident and urge anyone with information about those responsible to come forward.

“I take this opportunity to remind the public to be vigilant when carrying valuables, especially if approached by someone and asked to complete a survey or form.

“If someone approaches you from an established charity, they will have clear identification.”

Genuine charity workers usually wear lanyards and they should not ask people to hand over valuables or present bank cards.

A local police Facebook post warning of the incident pointed out that it was a similar method to previous criminal incidents seen in the area.

As A&T reported, in July last year a man in his 60s was bruised after a woman approached him and snatched a Rolex from his wrist in Stanley Road, Highcliffe.

Those with information should contact Dorset officers on 101, quoting crime reference number 55220123072, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Floyd N. Morlan