18th Dec, 2017

Charity say homeless man stole from elderly dementia patient to fund drug habit

Laura Kearns 11th Jul, 2017

AN ELDERLY dementia patient in Leamington is believed to have been conned out of £300 by a homeless man.

The woman was at home when the man gained entry to her home by pretending he was helping her with a job.

But according to Leamington homeless support charity Helping Hands he stole £300 from her, which they say has been used to fund his drug habit.

The charity is now raising money to return the £300 to the victim.

Lianne Kirkman, who runs the charity, said: “We are devastated and have to try do something to get this vulnerable lady her money back.

“Sadly we know who we think has done this. The neighbour who cares for the lady brought in a photo of him into our shop and we can only hope he is brought to justice.

“We love to help and support people with addictions and to help them get the right support they need, but sadly this way of getting funds to pay for their habit is unacceptable and this person needs to pay for their inexcusable behaviour.

“We hope we are able to raise the funds to get this lady her money back.”

The charity has reported the incident to police.

Visit mydonate.bt.com/charities/helpinghandscommunityproject to donate. Mark any donations as ‘For Jean’.

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