AN elderly woman who was threatened in her own home for cash by a man claiming to have washed her windows is one of many who are being targetting in Tilehurst.

On Sunday, June 16, an 85-year-old woman answered the door to a man at around 1pm on Cotswold Way, claiming to have cleaned the windows of her property.

The man was persistent in demanding payment for the job which she did not know anything about.

According to the resident, this is not the first time a man has called at the address demanding payment for work which has not been done.

Thames Valley Police are releasing CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the fraud in Tilehurst, Reading.

Investigating Officer PC Josie Wood, based at Pangbourne police station, said: “I am releasing this image as I believe that this man may have vital information that will assist with this investigation. I am urging anyone who recognises him to please come forward.

“It appears that there are a number of individuals targeting vulnerable people in the Tilehurst area and demanding payment for work that has not been done. They are visiting victims repeatedly and at all times of day and demanding payment.

“This can be very intimidating for the people who are targeted and I would ask local residents to remain vigilant and aware, particularly if you are being asked for payment for work that you have not requested.”

"Anyone with any information about this incident should contact police on 24-hour non-emergency number 101 quoting reference ‘43190181098’ or make a report online.

"Alternatively, reports can be made anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."