Hunt for man police believe was part of gang that conned pensioners out of savings

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A hunt is underway for a man suspected of being part of gang that conned pensioners out of their savings.

Prison sentences have been handed down to brothers Errol and Timmy Flynn, Karl Bean and Steven Craven for taking almost £60,000 out of elderly residents in a rogue trader scam that saw them pose as roofers.

Craven’s brother Brian Williams-Craven is believed to have joined them in defrauding a Northfield couple who were stung for £24,000 after being told their roof needed urgent repairs, including replacement beams.

But an inspection later showed the men had pulled up tiles themselves and painted part of the roof to make it appear they’d carried out work.

Police believed some of the stolen money was paid into Williams-Craven’s bank account and he was arrested for questioning – but he failed to answer bail and has not been seen since.

Brian Williams-Craven

Brian Williams-Craven

Detective Sergeant Jackie Morrin said: “I’d urge anyone who believes they may have seen Williams-Craven or has any information on his whereabouts to get in touch.

“Up until about a year ago he was living in Glebe Farm Road, Stechford, and is well known in and around the Northfield area.

“The latest photo we have of him is about 18 months old and there is a chance his hair may have since been cut much shorter.

“It’s important we know what’s happened to him as he’s wanted in connection with a truly awful fraud that left an elderly couple traumatised, not to mention hugely out of pocket.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Sgt Morrin at j.morrin@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or call the Economic Crime Unit on 0121 626 5293. People can also call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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