Lewes residents rally to replace £1,000 stolen from 89-year-old man

Residents of Lewes rallied to raise £1,000 stolen from an 89-year-old man in the town.

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 2:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 3:08 pm

Sussex Police confirmed last week that it was hunting for two men who pinched the cash from the man’s house in Queens Road, Lewes, after claiming to be from the council.

The pair said that they were there to treat damp and entered the property to look around – before making off with the money.

Residents were quick to express their shock and dismay at the theft on social media.

Queen's Road in Lewes and (inset) a picture of a man who is thought to be the second suspect. Picture: Sussex Police

The Express’ story on Facebook was shared by 1,700 people in a bid to help catch the culprits.

Soon after, Lewesians rallied to replace the stolen funds – clearly showing that the community spirit remains high.

A gofundpage page was set up by Mick Symes, administrator of Lewes Present Facebook group.

It read: “This appeal is to raise £1,000 to restore the elderly gentleman who was mercilessly robbed by conmen in his own home to his original financial situation.”

The fundraising page exceeded its target of £1,000 in just a few days.

Mr Symes confirmed this week he was just waiting for the funds to be transferred and then they will be given to the man as soon as possible.

He added: “Crimes against the elderly are as cowardly as they are callous.

“As admin of Lewes Present Facebook group my thanks and gratitude goes out to all who contributed towards the appeal.”