Banbury police seeking a man after business conned

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Banbury police are warning local businesses to be vigilant after a large Asian man defrauds a town business with a false story.

On Wednesday September 7, a man described as a large Asian man with facial stubble in his 40s or 50s, with very short shaven hair and wearing jeans and an oversized beige/pink shirt entered a business in Calthorpe Street.

After claiming he was looking to off-load excess stock the owner handed over cash and left with the man to collect the merchandise but was distracted and the Asian man left without giving him 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.

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 anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”