POLICE are hunting for this man in connection with the theft of an elderly woman’s bank card.

The Hove pensioner was called by a man on January 31 claiming to be from Brighton and Hove City Council telling her her home’s drainage system needed work.

Five minutes later the woman’s doorbell rang and a man claiming to be from Brighton and Hove City Council told the victim he needed a £25 deposit for the works to completed the next day.

The victim reluctantly gave the man her debit card and Pin. The man said he would return with her card.

Fraudsters then spent more than £6,000 using the elderly woman’s card.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said it was “appalled” by the incident.

“All council staff carry photo ID and must show it when visiting residents,” he said.

“Council staff are also not allowed to ask for people’s PIN numbers for credit or debit cards.

“We are appalled by this incident and extend our sympathies to the victim.”

Police would like to speak to the man in the picture.

If you know who this man is or have any other information relating to the incident contact Sussex Police online or call 101 quoting serial 987 of 31/01.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Check people are who they say they are.”