Saturday 19 August 2017

TV presenter Gloria Hunniford is living in fear as conwoman who stole her identity is still on the run

Gloria Hunniford
Gloria Hunniford
Gloria Hunniford
Caron Keating

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Gloria Hunniford says she's living in fear as the conwoman who stole her identity is still on the run.

The TV presenter said she's still feels "violated" from the shocking ordeal.

“It kind of gets worse for me, the more I find out about it the more ridiculous it is," the Northern Ireland-born TV presenter said.

“I’ve spoken to the police and everyone in the banks and in the end, she had a driving licence. Her face was on it with all my details written. It was made in an upstairs bedroom or something.”

The 76-year-old Loose Women panelist's bank account was emptied just days after the conwoman arrived at a Santander branch with her "daughter" and "grandson" in August.

Personal banker Aysha Davis, (28), said the woman told her she had "a few bob" in there and had come to add the teenager as a signatory because she had been ill.

She then helped them complete the paperwork, including photocopying their driving licences, at the Croydon North End branch in London.

Read more: Eamonn Holmes tells how con artist lived in luxury hotel for fortnight pretending to be him

Davis was accused of being part of the plot but was acquitted after less than 30 minutes of jury deliberation after saying the TV star was "not of my time".

Police are still hunting for the ‘lookalike’ and her ‘daughter’, while stand-in grandson Alan Dowie, (18), faces jail.

Gloria, who was speaking yesterday at the charity Pinktober Gala in the UK said: “She is still on the run. I worry that she still has a fake driving licence with my name on it. It was a badly researched scam but it worked. It was disturbing and I feel violated.

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The late Caron Keating (right) with her mother Gloria Hunniford after marrying her manager Russ Lindsay at St. Peter's Church, Hever, Kent in 1991. PA Photo: Malcolm Croft
The late Caron Keating (right) with her mother Gloria Hunniford after marrying her manager Russ Lindsay at St. Peter's Church, Hever, Kent in 1991. PA Photo: Malcolm Croft

“She could at least have bought a wig the same colour as my hair and tried to make it look the part."

Gloria, previously spoke of her anger that the bank staff fell for the con, despite the fact that her daughter Carol Keating died of cancer in 2004.

“And, sadly, I don’t have a daughter – my daughter died 12 years ago. I do not ­understand how this was allowed to happen at the bank. These were my savings. You expect your money to be safe in a bank but it is not.”

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