POLICE are warning residents to take care after a man who claimed to be from drainage company Dyno-Rod turned up on the doorstep of a West Moors home and asked for money.

Officers from Dorset Police are investigating the attempted fraud offence and have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.

Police say that at approximately midday on Tuesday, December 10, a man is alleged to have attended the home of an elderly man off Glenwood Road and falsely claimed to be employed by the Dyno-Rod drainage company.

It is further alleged that he went on to demand £80 to fix a problem with the victim's drain.

The victim could not pay by cash and said he only had a debit card and the man left.

Police Community Support Officer James Marsh said: “We have spoken to the drainage company and established this man was not one of their employees.

“As part of my enquiries into this incident, I am now in a position to issue a CCTV image of a man I would like to speak to. I would ask anyone who recognises this man to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190193973.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org