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Bogus callers warning

PUBLISHED: 16:52 20 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Police are appealing for information today after three separate 'bogus caller' incidents happened in one day.

Between 10am and 10.50am on Wednesday, a man came to the front door of an elderly woman's home in Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.

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IPSWICH police are appealing for information after three separate 'bogus caller' incidents happened in one day.

Between 10am and 10.50am on Wednesday, a man came to the front door of an elderly woman's home in Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.

The man informed the woman that he was from the water board and due to pipes being cleaned in the road, he needed to turn her water off.

The resident let him in, and he told her to fill saucepans with water while he went upstairs and filled the bath. When the woman returned to her front room to call her daughter and let her know what was happening, she realised he had left – taking a sum of cash with him.

The offender was white, in is 30s, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins tall, well built, with short dark hair.

At about 11am a man claiming to be from the water board came to the door of an elderly couple in Marlow Road, Ipswich, and said he needed to check their water. He gained their confidence by showing a badge, using their names and had local knowledge about the mains water.

They went into the kitchen together, and the man stressed they should remain together so they understood what was being said.

After the man left, the woman went upstairs to find wardrobe doors open, items moved and cash had been taken.

The offender was white, aged 27 to 30, of big build with short black hair and was wearing a charcoal grey blazer and dark trousers.

The third incident happened between 11am and 11.30am on Wednesday at a flat in Shenstone Drive, Ipswich.

An elderly woman answered a knock at her door to a man saying the owners of the flat upstairs had problems with their boiler, and so he needed to turn off her boiler.

Knowing the neighbours had been experiencing problems, she let him in.

He asked her to run the kitchen taps dry to drain the system, but hr made no attempt to turn the system off so she became suspicious.

The woman answered a phone call and because of her suspicions, said to the caller that she would see them in a minute so the man would think someone was coming very soon.

At this point he said he would continue his work outside, and left. The woman later discovered a bag containing personal documents was missing.

The man was white and in his mid 30s.

Police are urging people to remain on their guard and not let unknown callers into their homes without checking for official identification first.

If in doubt, keep them out and dial 999.

Anyone who recognises the men from the descriptions or has other information, should call police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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