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Council impostor steals £280

Shopkeeper pays fake registration fee

Report: Paul Janik, pictures: Thames Valley Police
Man poses as council official
shopkeeper gives him cash
Man issues bogus receipt

On Thursday, 21 September 2017, circa 13:00 hours, a man claiming to be from Slough Council went to a shop at The Village Shopping Centre, in Slough High Street.

The man complained the shopkeeper had not paid a council registration fee despite an invoice sent to her in July.

The shopkeeper asserted she was already registered with Slough Council.

The man made a phone call then demanded the shopkeeper pay him £280. The shopkeeper offered to pay by bank card but the man demanded cash.

The shopkeeper, feeling under a lot of pressure, went to a local cash machine, withdrew cash and paid the man. He provided a receipt which the shopkeeper soon discovered was a fake.

The anxious shopkeeper then contacted the council who the man was not a genuine council official.

Police think the man attempted to obtain money from two other shops using the same method.

Investigating officer, police constable Tracey Fenton-Smyth from Slough police station, said:

I am keen to speak to the man in these CCTV images, as he may have information which is vital to our investigation.

If anyone recognises this man, or has any information relating to this incident, I would ask them to call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101 quoting reference 4317 028 1327 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555 111.