Police hunt for conman in £20 note scam
POLICE are searching for a man in his 40s after a money swap scam was attempted in Sherborne shops on Thursday.
At least four businesses in the town claimed they were targeted during the afternoon.
Traders have claimed a man tried to buy items with a £20 note and asked for change, but then also attempted to make off with the original money.
A Dorset Police spokesman said: "We had a report of a scam being attempted by a man described as white, in his early 40s, five feet six inches tall, of small build.
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"He had dark hair and a beard and was wearing a navy blue top. It is believed he had a northern accent. The Shop Watch group has been informed and officers are searching the area."
Jane Wood, manager of Oliver's Coffee House, on Cheap Street, said: "The man tried to confuse one of my shop assistants but luckily he was unsuccessful. We contacted the police and a message went out on the Shop Watch radio, which alerted other businesses to the scam."
But Michael Copps, manager of Oxfam charity shop on Half Moon Street, claimed the branch fell victim to the scam, losing £8.
Ms Wood added: "It's sickening someone would steal from a charity shop."
Dorset Police has not confirmed the theft.