Pub whip round to look after lovely Win, 101, after con men scam

A 101-year-old woman has given a 'big, big thank you' to her local pub for a donation after she was the victim of a distraction burglary.

Thursday, 9th June 2016, 8:33 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 1:18 pm

Win Vine had £400 stolen from her Northborough home after cold callers came to her door at about 7pm on May 24.

One man had come into her home pretending to be from Anglian Water.

But, after the ordeal, staff and regulars at The Blue Bell in Glinton, which Mrs Vine visits twice a week, had a whip round to make sure she was not left short because of the callous thieves.

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A grateful Mrs Vine said: “I want to say a big, big thank you to the staff and drinkers. Everybody is so kind.

“You do not think they are taking any notice of you. It’s unbelievable. The people that come are very, very nice.”

Mrs Vine said she was shocked to receive the donation, which has been safely stored away, and a bouquet of flowers.

Will Frankgate, pub landlord, said: “After we read the article last week we thought we should do something. It’s awful these things go on.

“On Friday night, I went round and did almost a kitty and within 10 to 15 minutes we raised the £400 she lost. It’s absolutely amazing.

“She was over the moon. She did not know what to say. She’s a lovely lady and I would say she’s a proper local.”

Mrs Vine said the man that came into her home was English, tall, blonde, clean shaven and in his 40s.