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Man wanted over fraud attempt is believed to be in the Blackburn area
A MANHUNT has been launched for a 33-year-old wanted in connection with an attempted fraud against a 92-year-old war veteran.
Police believe Christopher McKillop may be hiding in the Blackburn area.
Officers want to speak to him about an incident where a pensioner from Samlesbury was taken to the Yorkshire Bank on Orchard Street, Preston, to withdraw £3,200 from his account.
This money, the man’s life savings, was to be exchanged for so-called electrical work, police said, but alert bank staff prevented the fraud before the transaction was complete.
The incident happened at around 3.40pm on May 10 and at the time, police said the pensioner, who suffered from short-term memory loss, arrived at the bank with a younger man in a taxi.
The ‘workman’ had earlier knocked on the man’s door and offered his services, saying he could replace the property’s old wiring.
When spoken to by staff, he asked to use the toilet and was told the nearest public facility was in the market and left.
Det Con Corina Barton said: “We are very keen to speak with Christopher McKillop in connection with this offence.
“He is originally from the Pennine area, but is now believed to be in the Blackburn or Accrington area.
“If anybody has any information about his current whereabouts or is in contact with him I would urge them to contact police.”
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.