A WOMAN who was scammed out of her savings by a fake police officer has been surprised with money raised by friends.

As the Penarth Times previously reported, Penarth resident Margaret Andrews, 84, was targeted by fraudsters impersonating police officers, and handed her life-savings to Kye Harwood.

Miss Andrews and two other elderly people in Penarth and Cardiff were swindled out of a total more than £22,000. Miss Andrews lost £4,600. Harwood later pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation, and was sentenced in July at Cardiff Crown Court to 24 months in a youth offenders’ institution.

Hannah Coles, a friend of Miss Andrews from skittles, has since helped raise more than £300 for her.

Miss Andrews said: “I was so touched by what everybody did for me. Hannah was brilliant – she did it all off her own back.

“I was very moved by people’s generosity. They sent me a big bouquet.of flowers, and a card they all signed, which I’ll treasure forever. I’m quite tearful now thinking of it.”

Carer Paula Harris said: “Margaret she was delighted to receive this and was overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness.

“She would like to send a big thank-you to her lovely friends, especially Hannah for this kind gesture.”