Good Samaritans targeted by Sunderland conman

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A MAN has been conning women into helping him before turning on them.

Over the last few days, police have received reports of a distressed man telling women he needs help after being assaulted.

He asks for cash before becoming threatening.

On one occasion he tried to grab a woman’s handbag and pushed her over.

She suffered minor injuries.

The incidents have happened around lunchtime in and around Norfolk Street, Foyle Street and Hendon Road.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and is currently in police custody.