Police appealing for witnesses to a business fraud

Robert Shepley - EditorBanbury News, Police & Emergency

Banbury News - Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a business fraud in Banbury.

At around 2.30pm on Wednesday 7th September, a man went into a business premises on Calthorpe Street and offered stock for sale. He claimed he had been let down by another buyer and, after selling his business, he wanted sell the stock quickly.

The proprietors agreed to buy the items and handed over cash. They then went with the man to collect it, but he distracted them and left without giving them the promised goods. The offender was last seen heading in the direction of High Street at around 2.45pm, in the direction of Banbury Cross.

The offender is Asian, large, with facial stubble and was in his forties or fifties, with very short shaven hair. He was wearing jeans and an oversized beige/pink shirt.

Investigating officer, PC Karen Shatford from Banbury Police Station, said: “This was very distressing for the business owners who trusted this man. They want to alert other local businesses to this scam and warn them not to hand over cash.

“If you have any information about this please contact me by calling 101 and quoting URN 944 (7/9).

“If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”